Thanks to These Ladies, Women Have the Right to Vote

By | February 25, 2019

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On May 3, 1916, Suffragettes carry a banner announcing that 'Women have full suffrage in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho' at the Women of all Nations Parade in New York. Source: (Photo by Paul Thompson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

June 4th of this year will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, the amendment that granted all American women the right to vote. The ratification of the 19th amendment came about as a result of the efforts, diligence, and hard work of a handful of progressive women. Here’s a look at the ladies we should thank for securing the right to vote for all American women. 

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Susan B. Anthony. Source: (

Susan B. Anthony

When you think of the suffrage movement, the one name that immediately pops to mind is Susan B. Anthony. Anthony began advocating for women's voting rights after she was banned from speaking at an 1852 temperance conference because of her gender. She co-founded the American Equal Rights Association in 1866 and campaigned for the rights of both women and African Americans. Anthony was jailed a few times over her advocacy, but she was determined. She understood that women would never be taken seriously in politics and public affairs until they were granted voting rights. Sadly, Anthony did not live to see the culmination of her work. She died in 1906, at the age of 86, but the work she did laid the foundation for other suffragists that followed.