History of Voting Rights


Women lose the right to vote in all states

1777 - 1807

The states New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey had previously allowed women to vote resigned those rights. After 1807, no state allows women to vote.

First Women's Right Convention


First Women's Rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Equal suffrage proposed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

15th Amendment


The 15th amendment of the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that 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 race, color, or previous condition of servitude. This happens
after the Civil War, right after slavery ends.

15th Amendment Ratified


Fifteenth Amendment ratified. The Grimke sisters, now quite aged, and 42 other women attempt to vote in Massachusetts, their ballots are cast but ignored. Utah territory grants woman suffrage.

Women's suffrage amendment introduced in congress


The amendment was introduced to congress in 1878, but was never ratified until 1919

Women's Suffrage Parade Attacked


Women's Suffrage parade on the eve of Wilson's inauguration is attacked by a mob. Hundreds of women are injured, no arrests are made. Alaskan Territory grants suffrage. Illinois grants municipal and presidential but not state suffrage to women.

Women Gain The Right To Vote


The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. It was ratified August 18, 1920

Selma to Montgomery March


Martin Luther King lead the march to Montgomery, Alabama to register blacks in the South.