Women’s Suffrage Historical Facts
- Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906), a pioneer in the women’s suffrage (right to vote) movement in the United States, founded the National American Woman Suffrage Association with fellow activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In addition to fighting for a woman’s right to vote, she worked to end slavery and participated in the abolitionist movement. https://www.susanbanthony.net/; https://www.nps.gov/people/susan-b-anthony.htm
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902) was a fellow suffragist, abolitionist, and an early leader of the woman’s rights movement. She co-authored the “Declaration of Sentiments” which set forth the rights of American women and compared their struggles to those of the Founding Fathers fighting for colonial independence from Great Britain. https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/elizabeth-cady-stanton; https://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/historyculture/declaration-of-sentiments.htm
- Prior to the 19th Amendment’s adoption, Virginia Minor (1824 – 1894), battled all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for her right to vote and lost in 1874. https://www.nps.gov/jeff/learn/historyculture/the-virginia-minor-case.htm
- A mom convinced her son to let women vote! To amend the U.S. Constitution, three-fourths of the state legislatures must ratify the proposed amendment. In 1920, 36 states needed to sign on. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, thanks to Harry T. Burn, a 24-year-old legislator who followed his mother’s advice to “be a good boy” and cast the 50th vote out of a possible 99! https://www.history.com/news/the-mother-who-saved-suffrage-passing-the-19th-amendment; http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/did-you-know/20-things-you-had-no-idea-happened-in-1920/ss-BBXNFFE?ocid=ientp#image=3; https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution
- On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, finally guaranteeing women the right to vote.
- History of the Suffrage Movement http://www.crusadeforthevote.org/history