suffragettes Women's Suffrage - Honor a Suffragist

The 19th Amendment of the U, S, Constitution granted women the right to vote. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Name three women remembered for their efforts to gain the right to vote.

What strategies did suffragists use to fight for the right to vote?

Look local:

Identify a prominent women's suffrage activist from your state.

How did she advocate for the right to vote?


What "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" did she experience? How were her efforts opposed?

How has your state recognized her efforts?

Create a proposal to recognize a suffragist from your community or state.



Name the first woman elected to serve in the federal government.

Name the first woman from your state elected to public office.

How many years has it been since a woman first took elected office in your state government?

How many women currently serve in locally elected offices in your community government? (school board, borough, township, county)


suffragettes pickting the whitehouse 1917
Women's Suffrage at Library of Congress


Library of Congress - Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

Suffragists Oral History Project | The Democratic Promise: Suffrage in Pennsylvania

Did you know? July 2, 1776, New Jersey gives "all inhabitants" of adult age with a net worth of 50 pounds the right to vote. Women property holders have the vote until 1807, when the state limited the vote to "free, white males." When did women gain the right to vote in your community?


The label suffragette versus suffragist has an interesting history.

Speech After Being Convicted Of Voting In The 1872 Presidential Election by Susan B. Anthony - Read & respond "It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens;..."

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Demographics of Government project HAVA - Help America Vote Act 2002
March Civics Founding Mothers & Daughters of Liberty
Selecting the President Explore Civics Knowledge
Constitution & Civics Lessons  Bill Of Rights adv. Civil Rights - What are yours? Quotes about Government

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To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? Hamlet Act 3
William Shakespeare