Women in America fought for suffrage – the right to vote – for over a century. Organized efforts to demand the vote began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention started the women’s suffrage movement. While women were not always united in their goals, and the fight for women’s suffrage was complex and interwoven with issues of civil and political rights for all Americans, the efforts of women like Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. It went into effect on August 26, 1920, but most women of color continued to be denied the vote for years and even generations.
Last updated: June 6, 2019