The Suffering Suffragettes - When Women Couldn’t Vote

posted Apr 04, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less." - Susan B. Anthony

Throughout the late 1800's and the early 1900's, women all over the world lobbied for their rights. The right to vote wasn't given to women in the U.S. until 1920. These fascinating photos capture many of the struggles of those women.

Facts: New Zealand lead the way in 1893, the United States came later to the party (1920), Saudi Arabia is the most recent (2011). Everywhere in the world, women have had to fight for the right to vote and it took 60 years (1980) for all U.S. states to ratify the 19th Amendment!


Finally, women had the right to vote. This banner has stars for the states who had ratified the 19th Amendment.

Riding for Rights!

A "herald" at the front of a 1913 suffrage parade


This is a suffragette "marching uniform". You can see her limbs!

Almost there!

July 1920 - a month before the last state (TN) needed to ratify the 19th Amendment voted to do so.

It wasn't just about voting

Suffragettes also demanded equal rights, such as the right to smoke in public. Not so popular today?

Memorial to those who worked so hard

Suffrage Memorial 1921

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