Progressive Era


Reform Movments

1890 - 2013

Elizabeth Cady Stanton is President of NAWSA

1890 - 1892

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) 1890-1892

First NASWA Convention

February 1890

The newly-unified National American Woman Suffrage Association held its first convention in Washington, D.C., combining the AWSA and NWSA

National American Woman Suffrage Association

May 1890

an American women's rights organization formed in May 1890 as a unification of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). It worked to gain women the right to vote through speeches and rallies.

Susan B. Anthony is President of the NAWSA

1892 - 1900

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) 1892-1900

NAWSA Convention

May 1893

The NAWSA sent some lecturers to the World's Congress of Representative Women in Chicago. Lucy Stone and Susan B. Anthony spoke during the week-long event

Temperance Movement: Ida B. Wells Helps Form the NACW

1896 - 1897

Ida B. Wells was a black teacher. She helped form the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). The Group helped African-American Families who were less fortunate. They raised money to help educate African-American women, and even set up a day-care center system, to help protect and educate African-American children while there parents workeed

Temperance Movement: Florence Kelly and the NCL

1899 - 2013

Florence Kelly Believed that unfair prices of goods made it harder for women to run a family. She Helped found the National Consumers League (NCL) to help with those costs. The NCL is still around today.

Carrie Chapman Catt is President of the NAWSA

1900 - 1904

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) 1900-1904

Maud Wood Park starts campaign for younger members

May 1900

At the NAWSA convention in 1900, Maud Wood Park found out she was the youngest delegate at 29. Park to work to attract a younger group of women to the organization

Anna Howard Shaw is President of the NAWSA

1904 - 1915

Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) 1904-1915

Carrie Chapman Catt is president of the NAWSA

1915 - 1920

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) 1915-1920 2nd Term

First Women's Suffrage Bill Brought to the House

January 12, 1915

it lost 204-174

Temprance Movment: Margret Sanger and the Birth Control Clinic

1916 - 1921

Margret Sanger was one of 11 children. She believed that if mothers had less children, it would improve the health of themselves and the family. In 1916 she opened the nations first birth control clinic, but was jailed several times and was labeled as a "public nuisance". Federal Courts later ruled that Doctors were allowed to give out information on family planning.

Final Push for a Constitutional Amendment


the NAWSA finally has enough strength to fight for an amendment

Alice Paul Sentenced to 7 Months in Jail

October 17, 1917

for leading women's rights protests in D.C.

Alice Paul Begins a Hunger Strike but is Put Down Quickly

October 30, 1917

she is force fed by prison officials

President Wilson Begins His Support of Women's Rights


he realizes that he needs to get their rights as a war measure

Second Women's Suffrage Bill Brought to the House

January 10, 1918 - February 10, 1919

it was supported by President Wilson and passed two-thirds needed in the house but failed by two votes in the Senate on January 18, 1918. It was voted on again on February 10, 1919 and lost by one vote this time.

Third Women's Suffrage Bill passes the House

May 21, 1919

Another women's suffrage bill is passed by the house, it was passed with 42 extra votes

Third Bill Women's Suffrage Bill Passed by the Houses Passes the Senate

June 4, 1919

it was passed 56-25

Temperance Movment: Ban Of Alcohol

1920 - 1933

The ban of Alcohol was started by the Women's Christian Temperance Union, who believed that alcohol led men to spend their money on liquor, and then neglect and abuse their family's and wives. The ban led to a rise of organized crime in the business of selling illegal alcohol.

Washington Becomes the 35th State to Ratify the 19th Amendment

March 22, 1920

Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan ratified the amendment in a few days. Other states followed until the amendment had been ratified by 35 of the necessary 36 states. After Washington on March 22, 1920, ratification stopped for months.

19th Amendment

August 18, 1920

Tennessee narrowly ratified the 19th amendment, making it the final state needed to make it officially law. Giving women suffrage

Tennessee Becomes the 36th, Final Needed, State to Ratify the 19th Amendment

August 18, 1920

After it was passed it become federal law in the U.S. by having 36 states ratify it.

Women vote in their first election

November 2, 1920

Women are for the first time, able to exercise their right to vote in federal elections

Temperance Movement: Margret Sanger Founds the Birth-Control Leauge

1921 - 1922

After being jailed several times, and then being ruled in favor of in federal court, Sanger was able to Form the Birth-Control League to make the information more available to women.

Main Surge of Women Voters


some realized they needed female support to win an election

Maryland Ratifies the 19th Amendment


20 years after it became national law

Virginia Ratifies the 19th Amendment


30 years after it became national law

Alabama Ratifies the 19th Amendment


11 years after it became national law

Florida and South Carolina Ratify the 19th Amendment


27 years after it became national law

Georgia and Louisiana Ratify the 19th Amendment


29 years after it became national law

Mississippi Ratifies the 19th Amendment


64 years after it became national law