Women's Suffrage Timeline State by State

American Woman Suffrage Timeline

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Women won the vote in the United States through a constitutional amendment, finally ratified in 1920. But along the road to winning the vote nationally, states and localities granted suffrage to women within their jurisdictions. This list documents many of those milestones in winning the vote for American women.

Also see the international suffrage timeline and the women's suffrage events timeline.

Timeline below:

1776New Jersey gives the vote to women owning more than $250. Later the state reconsidered and women were no longer allowed to vote. ( more)
1837Kentucky gives some women suffrage in school elections.
1861Kansas enters the Union; the new state gives its women the right to vote in local school elections.
1869Wyoming territory constitution grants women the right to vote and to hold public office.
1870Utah territory gives full suffrage to women.
1893The male electorate in Colorado votes "yes" on woman suffrage.
1894Some cities in Kentucky and Ohio give women the vote in school board elections.
1895Utah amends its constitution to grant women suffrage.
1896Idaho adopts a constitutional amendment granting suffrage to women.
1902Kentucky repeals limited school board election voting rights for women.
1910Washington state votes for woman suffrage.
1911California gives women the vote.
1912Male electorates in Kansas, Oregon and Arizona approve state constitutional amendments for woman suffrage. Wisconsin and Michigan defeat proposed suffrage amendments.
1912Kentucky restores limited voting rights for women in school board elections.
1913Illinois grants the right to vote to women, the first state east of the Mississippi to do so.
1920On August 26, a constitutional amendment is adopted when Tennessee ratifies it, granting full woman suffrage in all states of the United States. ( more)
1929Puerto Rico's legislature grants women the right to vote, pushed by the United States Congress to do so.
1971The United States lowers the voting age for both men and women to eighteen.

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