Women's Right to Vote Movement

1848 - 1920

From Tea Party to Revolution

July 13, 1848

A small group led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton decided to set up an official meeting to discuss Women's rights after discovering that they all felt discontent with the way the law worked towards women.

Seneca Falls Meeting

July 19, 1848

Women meet to discuss the rights that they will fight for once again led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The meeting was based off of "The Declaration of Sentiments" which listed the priorities of this new arising group.

The Revolution Expands


Following the Seneca Falls Meeting, Elizabeth Cady Stanton ,Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth among others began traveling the Unites States advocating for woman suffrage and why they believed they deserved this rights.

First Succesful State Campaign


Esther Morris led the first the first successful state campaign for woman suffrage in Wyoming.

First Woman Presidential Candidate


Victoria Claflin Woodhull becomes the first female presidential candidate in the United States, nominated by the National Radical Reformers.

Susan B. Anthony Votes in Presidential Election

NoveMber 5, 1872

Susan B. Anthony and a group of women in Rochester, N.Y., cast votes in the presidential election trying to see if the 14th amended protected them and allowed them to vote.

Susan B. Anthony arrested

November 18, 1872

Four days after a warrant went out on November 14 for the arrest of Susan B. Anthony for a violation of Section 19 the Enforcement Act of 1870, Susan B. Anthony was arrested.

Exclusion of a Married Woman Under the Law


In Bradwell v. Illinois, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that a state has the right to exclude a married woman from practicing law.

States can prohibit woman from voting


Minor v Happerset The U.S. Supreme Court declares that despite the privileges a state can prohibit a woman from voting. The court declares women as “persons,” but holds that they constitute a “special category of nonvoting citizens.”

First state to grant women voting rights


Wyoming becomes the first state to grant women the right to vote in all elections.

Women are granted the righ to vote

August 18,1920

The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified. It declares: “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 sex.”