History of Voting Rights


Abigail Adams asks the Continental Congress to support Women's Rights


"Her husband John Adams ridicules her request and vows to fight the "Despotism of the petticoat." This is an important event in the history of US voting rights, because woman begin to try to fight for their voting rights.


15th Amendment

February 3, 1870

The 15th amendment granted African-American men the right to vote. This is important in voting history because it was although it was ratified on this date, it wasn't until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that before many African-Americans in the South were registered to vote.

Susan B. Anthony registered and voted in the 1872 election


In the election of 1872 Susan B. Anthony registered to vote in Rochester, NY. But like she planned she was arrested for "knowingly, wrongfully, and unlawfully vot[ing] for a representative to the congress of the United States,". Then she was convicted by the State of New York, and fined $100. But she insisted she wouldn't pay not one penny of it. This is an important even in voting history because its another tactic they used to try to get their voting.

Susan B. Anthony petitioned the Congress of the United States

January 12, 1874

19th Amendment

May 19, 1919

The 19th amendment gives the opportunity to all American woman the right to vote. This is an important event/date in history because this amendment gave woman the opportunity to vote, men weren't now the only people that had the right to vote.

Equal Pay Act of 1963


The Equal Pay Act is an act that requires men and women be given equal pay for equal work. This important in history because African-Americans and woman didn't have good wages as white people and woman didn't get payed enough for there hard work.

Voting Rights Act of 1965


Voting rights Act of 1965 was made because African-Americans were not able to vote. The reason why was because they either had to take exams or pay poll taxed in order to vote. This important in African American voting rights, because it wasn't allowed after this act was passed.

Bloody Sunday


Bloody Sunday, was a day that African Americans from church who marched over a bridge to fight for there rights. Some were killed, and that is why it is called bloody sunday because many people died. This is important to African-Americans voting rights because many died because they were fighting for their rights.