First convention for women's rights in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19-20, 1848
Certification of the
19th Amendment on August 26, 1920 allowing women the right to vote
Passage of the Indian Citizenship Act
giving Native Americans access to citizenship in 1924
In 1943, the Magnuson Act repeals
the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act that prohibited
citizenship for Chinese
In 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act removes racial barriers to citizenship
In 1965, the Voting Rights Act prohibits racial discrimination in voting
On August 26, 1920, women won the right to vote in the United States with the certification of the 19th Amendment. Changes would be made in subsequent years to include women of color as well (see timeline above for further details). This year, we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage on August 26, 2020, which has also become officially known as "Women's Equality Day." Please click here for more information regarding the history of the women's suffrage movement in the U.S. and the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary this year, the profiles below highlight noteworthy women who were critical in the fight for women's suffrage. Considering that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are most often referenced, this particular list of eight women focus on less well-known but still significant figures in the movement. We also did not include Ida B. Wells since she was already highlighted in a past exhibit on "Women Activists." It is our sincere hope that you will become acquainted with these incredible women in history and that you will also take the opportunity to visit our gallery to see our inaugural show, Women Suffragists, celebrating women's suffrage.