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A Timeline of Women's Suffrage

Use this dataset to learn about the progress of the women's suffrage movement over time.
a data set by WorldExplorer
created April 28, 2017
ImageYearEventNotable Figures
March 31, 1776John Adam's wife writes to him at the Continental Congress, asking him to "remember the ladies."Abigail Adams
1833Oberlin College becomes the first coeducational college in the United StatesLucy Stone
November 8, 1837Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts becomes the first four-year college exclusively for women.Mary Lyon
July 19-20, 1848The first women's rights convention takes place; the Declaration of Sentiments is signed in hopes to end the discrimination against women.Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott
October 23–24, 1850The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place, an event that takes place annually until 1860Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis
July 9, 1868The 14th Amendment passes, limiting voting to males; declares that the right to vote may not be “denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States”John Armor Bingham
May 15, 1869The National Woman's Suffrage Association is formed to support a consitutional amendment to ensure women's rights.Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Staton
February 3, 1870The 15th Amendment passes: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”Ulysses S. Grant
November 18, 1872A woman's rights activist is arrested for voting for Ulysses S. Grant in the presidential electionSusan B. Anthony
November 7, 1893Colorado becomes the first state to adopt an amendment granting women the right to vote. Clara Cressingham
August 1, 1895The Women's Bible is published, challenging the religious belief that women should be subservient to men.Elizabeth Cady Stanton
July 21, 1896The National Association of Colored Women's Clubs is formedJosephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary ChurchTerrell, Anna Julia Cooper
April 7, 1913 The Congressional Union for Women Suffrage is founded to lobby for a constitutional amendment to secure women the right to vote.Alice Paul, Lucy Burns
June 5, 1916The National Woman's Party (NWP) is formed, based off of the British suffrage movementAlice Paul
June 22, 1917The Silent Sentinels, a group of protesters from the NWP, picket the White House for the first time and are arrested.Alice Paul
September 30, 1918The president endorses women's suffrage, declaring that it's needed as a "war measure."Woodrow Wilson
June 4, 1919The federal women's suffrage amendment is passed by the House and the Senate; is sent to the states for ratification.Carrie Chapman Catt
August 18, 192019th Amendment is ratified, ensuring all women the right to voteWoodrow Wilson
July 1, 1923The NWP proposes the Equal Rights Amendment to eliminate discrimination on basis of gender; it is never ratified.Martha Griffiths
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