Women's Movement


The Bill of Rights is added to the Constitution


No mention is made of the "right to vote".

Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention

July 19, 1848 - July 20, 1848

Brought attention to the issue of women's suffrage.

Second Women's Rights convention

August 2, 1848

Rochester, NY

Civil War

April 12, 1861 - April 9, 1865

Fourteenth Amendment ratified

July 9, 1868

Nobody could be held as a slave and African Americans got equal rights as whites. (Black men had a save privileges as white men but women still could not vote.)

National Womens Suffrage Association formed

May, 1869

Created by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

American Woman Suffrage Association founded

November, 1869

Created by Lucy Stone

Fifteenth Admendment ratified


Forbids denying the vote on basis of race, color, or previously being a slave. Does not mention gender. Therefore, grants voting rights to all males.

Susan B. Anthony is arrested for attempting to vote


in Rochester, NY

Woman's Suffrage admendment is first introduced to Congress


Called the Susan B Anthony amendment. Later changed and proposed again.

Women's Christian Temperance Union supports women's suffrage


Wyoming gives women the right to vote


First state to give women legal right to vote. Women could vote in Wyoming before they could in any other present day state.

National American Woman Suffrage Association formed

February 18, 1890

Formed by the merger of the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association.

National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage is founded


Alice Paul forms National Women's Party


First Woman Suffrage parade in Washington DC

March 3, 1913

Staged by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns

Largest Women's suffrage parade ever with 30,000 participants


In New York City

Women begin picketing for suffrage in front of White House

January 10, 1917

Jeannette Rankin becomes the first women elected to U.S. Congress

March 4, 1917 - March 3, 1919

First female congresswoman. She was elected before women were granted the right to vote by the federal government.

United States enters World War I

April 16, 1917 - November 11, 1918

United States enters World War

Alice Paul arrested, begins hunger strike

October 20, 1917

Arrested for picketing the White House, after beginning hunger strike is committed to psychiatric ward.

Nineteenth Amendment Ratified

August 26, 1920

Tennessee is the 26th state to approve the amendment.

Equal Rights Amendment is submitted to Congress


Shirley Chisholm is first African-American women elected to the U.S. Congress