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: first propertied widows with school-age children, then in 1838, all propertied widows and unmarried women.
1848Women meeting in Seneca Falls, New York, adopt a resolution calling for the right to vote for women.
1861Kansas enters the Union; the new state gives its women the right to vote in local school elections. Clarina Nichols, a former Vermont resident who had moved to Kansas, advocated for women's equal political rights at the 1859 constitutional convention. A ballot measure for equal suffrage without regard to sex or color failed in 1867.
1869Wyoming territory constitution grants women the right to vote and to hold public office. Some supporters argued on the basis of equal rights. Others argued that women should not be denied a right given to African American men. Others thought it would bring more women to Wyoming (there were six thousand men and only a thousand women).
1870Utah territory gives full suffrage to women. This followed pressure from Mormon women who also advocated for freedom of religion in opposition to proposed antipolygamy legislation, and also support from outside Utah from those who believed Utah women would vote to revoke polygamy if they had the right to vote.
1887The United States Congress revoked Utah Territory's approval of women's right to vote with the Edmunds-Tucker antipolygamy legislation. Some non-Mormon Utah suffragists did not support the right of women to vote within Utah as long as polygamy was legal, believing it would mainly benefit the Mormon Church.
1893The male electorate in Colorado votes "yes" on woman suffrage, with 55% support.  A ballot measure to grant women the vote had failed in 1877, and the state constitution of 1876 had permitted woman suffrage to be enacted with a simple majority vote of both legislature and electorate, bypassing the need for a supermajority of two-thirds for a constitutional amendment.
1894Some cities in Kentucky and Ohio give women the vote in school board elections.
1895Utah, after ending legal polygamy and becoming a state, 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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