Women's Suffrage

By Natalie Foos


  • Started in 1848
  • Suffrage is the right to vote
  • Men felt that women were incapable of making good choices
  • The 14th and 15th amendments allowing free and previous slaves to vote
  • Women started to get more involved in the 1800's getting education and wanting to deal with politics
  • They had to depend on men for everything
  • Women's rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848
  • The 19th amendment (People can vote no matter what gender) was brought up to congress in 1874, it didn't pass
  • In 1875, court case Minor v. Hapersett ended with the court saying that citizenship does not include suffrage
  • calmed down toward the end of the 1800's but started up again in 1900's

The 1900's

  • Brought more people with new protesting ideas
  • Alice Paul (one of the leaders) and her followers once chained themselves to the White house fence
  • Often they were thrown in jail
  • In Jail they were treated as criminals
  • Known as the era of Women's suffrage
  • In 1910 women could vote in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington
  • In 1920 the 19th amendment was passed
  • In 1920 15 states allowed women to vote but 12 others only let them vote in presidential elections
  • Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment

Influence and Other Countries

  • Today women have the right to vote and take office
  • Women in Canada couldn't vote until 1940
  • Mexican women could run for office in 1953
  • In Great Britain women over 30 could vote in 1918, a few years later women had the same rights as men when it came to voting
  • Women in Italy were not allowed to vote due to laws passed against them, they gained their right to vote after World War II
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Alice Paul


  • Was a 1900's suffragist
  • Was thrown in jail three times for protesting
  • Given three degrees after the 19th amendment was past
  • Chained herself and followers to the White house fence
Suffragists: The Fight to Vote

Video: Suffragists: The Fight to Vote