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Women's Suffrage

What You Need to Know About Women's Suffrage


White House Protest

White House Suffrage Protest

courtesy Library of Congress, modifications (c) Jone Lewis

Women's Suffrage - Basic Terminology

"Women's suffrage" refers to the right of women to vote and to hold public office. The "women's suffrage movement" (or "woman suffrage movement") includes all the organized activities of reformers to change laws that kept women from voting or to add laws and constitutional amendments to guarantee women the right to vote.

You'll often read about "woman suffrage" and "suffragettes" -- here are some clarifications on those terms:

  • Suffrage: where does this word come from?
  • Suffragette - is this the correct term to use for those who worked to win the vote for women?
  • Woman or Women? - which term, "women's suffrage" or "woman suffrage" is the correct one for the movement and its goal?

Test Your Knowledge

Check out how much you know about the women's suffrage movement with this online quiz:

And learn some fun facts: 13 Surprising Facts About Susan B. Anthony

Who's Who in Women's Suffrage

Who were the people involved in working to win the vote for women? Here are some handy resources to learn more about these suffrage workers:

When: Timelines of Women's Suffrage

Key events in the struggle for women's suffrage in America:

When did women get the vote?

How: How Women's Suffrage Was Fought for and Won


Seneca Falls, 1848: First Woman's Rights Convention

19th Century

20th Century

Original Sources: Documents of Women's Suffrage

What: Suffrage Events, Organizations, Laws, Court Cases, Concepts, Publications

Major women's suffrage organizations:


More on Women's Suffrage and Votes for Women, including an index to articles on this site and to articles on the Net:

Women's Suffrage Overview | Women's Suffrage pre 1848 | Women's Suffrage - 1848-1864 | Women's Suffrage - 1865-1899 | Women's Suffrage -1900-1920 | Anti-Suffrage | Women's Suffrage -British | Women's Suffragists | Women's Suffrage Quiz

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