Women's Rights, Female Leadership

Civil War to the Present

Suffrage, Equal Rights, and Leadership in Many Reform Movements

Universally recognized for their role in the suffrage and equal rights movements, women were leaders in many post Civil War reform movements. These actions include as Muckrakers, social Progressive reformers, and Civil Rights activists.

The Suffrage Movement Culminated in 1920 with the Ratification of the 19th Amendment.

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in a local election (Rochester, New York). She was convicted and fined. She refused to pay the fine.


"No man is good enough to govern any woman without er consent."


In 1913 Alice Paul helped to organize a women's suffrage parade in Washington, DC. In 1917, Alice Paul started the "silent sentinel" program to picket to show support to advocate women's right to vote. Paul was arrested and jailed for illegally demonstrating in front of the White House.



"We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million

women are denied the right to vote."

Prominent Female Reformers

Female Leaders in the WWII Era

Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Women in Modern America