Women’s Vote Anniversaries

50 Years: 1965: Congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act prohibits racial discrimination in voting, a signal victory for black women and men after generations of being denied their constitutional right to vote.

100 Years: 1915:   In the fall, suffrage envoys led by Sara Bard Field carry a suffrage petition from California and a women voters’ convention to Washington DC and President Wilson.

125 Years: 1890: The National American Woman Suffrage Association is created out of the former National Woman Suffrage and American Woman Suffrage Associations. For the first time in 25 years, the woman suffrage movement is united.

1890: Wyoming becomes the first state admitted to the Union with a constitution including suffrage for women.

130 Years:   1885: Alice Paul is born in New Jersey.

165 Years: 1850: Worcester, Massachusetts, is the site of the first National Women’s Rights Convention.

200 Years: Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born in New York.


100 Years: 1916: National Woman’s Party, briefly known as both the Woman’s Party of Western Voters and just Woman’s Party, officially formed at the convention of women voters organized by the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage.

1916: Carrie Chapman Catt, president of NAWSA, unveils her “Winning Plan” to clinch a suffrage victory.

1916: Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to Congress.

1916: Inez Milholland dies during a suffrage tour on behalf of the National Woman’s Party; suffragists mourn her as the first American martyr for woman suffrage.

120 Years: 1896:   The National Association of Colored Women is founded by Mary Church Terrell, Charlotte Forten Grimke and others.

1896: Utah joins the Union with a constitution including women’s right to vote; women in Idaho win suffrage.

140 Years: 1876: Susan B. Anthony and others disrupt an American Centennial celebration in Philadelphia to present a “Declaration of Rights for Women.”

150 Years: 1866: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony form the American Equal Rights Association, dedicated to the notion of universal suffrage for male and female, black and white.

160 Years: 1856: Harriot Stanton Blatch is born in Seneca Falls, NY.

165 Years: 1851: Sojourner Truth delivers her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech in Ohio.


100 Years: 1917: “Silent sentinels” sent by the National Woman’s Party picket the White House. They are arrested beginning in June; the “Night of Terror” occurs in Virginia’s Occuquan Workhouse in October; Alice Paul is arrested and undergoes psychological torture in November.

1917:   On the third try, New York women finally win the right to vote. Combined with the NWP pickets, the suffrage campaign is poised for victory in Congress.

145 Years: 1872:   Susan B. Anthony is arrested and tried for attempting to vote. Her effort is part of a large 1870-1875 campaign by suffragists to assert that a woman’s right to vote is already embedded in the Constitution. The campaign culminated in the Minor v. Happersett 1875 ruling in which the Supreme Court that the Constitution did not include the right to vote for women.

160 Years: 1857: Alice Stone Blackwell, daughter of Lucy Stone and future editor of the Woman’s Journal, is born in New Jersey.

170 Years: 1847: Anna Howard Shaw, future president of NAWSA, is born in England.

225 Years: 1792: Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication on the Rights of Women, a fervent plea for the education of women. The treatise ignites debate about the role of women in the new United States.


100 Years: 1918: Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota women win the right to vote.

1918: In January, President Woodrow Wilson states, for the first time, his support for a federal woman suffrage amendment. The suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives shortly thereafter.

120 Years: 1898: Death of Matilda Joslyn Gage in Illinois.

125 Years: 1893: Colorado women win the right to vote.

150 Years: 1868: Susan B. Anthony, Parker Pillsbury, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton published the first edition of The Revolution; its motto: “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less!”

170 Years: 1848: The first women’s rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York.

200 Years: 1818: Lucy Stone is born in Massachusetts.

225 Years: 1793: Lucretia Mott is born in Massachusetts.


100 Years: In June, Congress passes the proposed Nineteenth Amendment and sends the amendment to the states for ratification.

145 Years: 1875: The Minor v. Happersett ruling by the Supreme Court ends an effort by suffragists to claim the U.S. Constitution included the right to vote for women.

150 Years: 1869:   Wyoming Territory grants its women the right to vote.

160 Years: 1859: Carrie Chapman Catt is born in Wisconsin.


100 Years: 1920: The League of Women Voters is founded by Carrie Chapman Catt during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, just six months before the Nineteenth Amendment is ratified.

100 Years: 1920: The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, granting American women the right to vote.

110 Years: 1910: Washington state women win the right to vote.

1910: Harriot Stanton Blatch organizes the first successful suffrage parade in New York City.

150 Years: 1870: The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, giving black men the right to vote

1870: The Woman’s Journal is founded by Mary Livermore, Lucy Stone, and Henry Blackwell.

200 Years: 1820: Susan B. Anthony is born in Massachusetts.