A Guide to Women's Suffrage

What You Need to Know About Women's Suffrage

Suffrage March 1912
Suffrage March New York 1912. Hulton Archive / Archive Photos / Getty Images

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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

Later 19th Century

20th Century

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?

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

Major women's suffrage organizations:

Original Sources: Documents of Women's Suffrage