News / USA

US Feminist Movement

An original letter about male oppression of women's rights during the Spanish American War handwritten by Susan B. Anthony in 1898 at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, in Buffalo, N.Y. (File)
An original letter about male oppression of women's rights during the Spanish American War handwritten by Susan B. Anthony in 1898 at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, in Buffalo, N.Y. (File)

The US Feminist Movement

1790 New Jersey grants the vote to "all free inhabitants."

File photo of Capitol Hill's memorial statue of pioneers of the women's suffrage movement. The statue features (L-R) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthoy and Lucretia Mott (File)
File photo of Capitol Hill's memorial statue of pioneers of the women's suffrage movement. The statue features (L-R) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthoy and Lucretia Mott (File)

1840 Abolitionists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton attend but are barred from participating in the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.They decide to hold a women's rights convention on their return to America.

1848 During the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, Stanton authors the Declaration of Sentiments, which sets the agenda for decades of women's activism.

1853 A suffragist meeting in the Broadway Tabernacle in New York goes down in history as "The Mob Convention," marred by "hissing, yelling, stamping, and all manner of unseemly interruptions."

1869 Wyoming becomes the first U.S. territory to grant unrestricted suffrage to women.

Commanding a prominent position in front of the State Capitol, a statue of Esther Hobart Morris stands outside the capitol building in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming (File)
Commanding a prominent position in front of the State Capitol, a statue of Esther Hobart Morris stands outside the capitol building in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming (File)

1870 Esther Morris is appointed the justice of the peace of South Pass City, Wyoming, becoming the first female government official. The 15th Amendment is ratified, but women who go to the polls are turned away.

1874 The Supreme Court rules that the 14th Amendment does not grant women the right to vote.

1878 The first federal amendment to grant women the right to vote is introduced in the United States Congress.

1887 The Supreme Court strikes down the law that enfranchised women in the Washington territory. Congress denies women in Utah their right to vote.

1912 Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive (Bull Moose/Republican) Party becomes the first national political party to adopt a woman suffrage plank.

1914 The Senate votes on the "Susan B. Anthony" amendment, which states that no citizen should be denied the right to vote on account of sex, but it does not pass.

1916 Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first American woman elected to represent her state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1917 The Arkansas legislature's decision to grant women the right to vote in primary, but not general elections results in giving the vote to white women to the exclusion of black women.

1918 President Wilson addresses the Senate in support of the 19th Amendment, but it fails to win the required 2/3 majority of Senate votes.

1919 For a third time, the House votes to enfranchise women. The Senate finally passes the 19th Amendment.

Sarah Amis votes in Oklahoma City to choose choice between two women running for governor (File)
Sarah Amis votes in Oklahoma City to choose choice between two women running for governor (File)

1920 Three quarters of state legislatures ratify the 19th Amendment on 26 August. American women win full voting rights.

1923 The National Woman's Party proposes the Equal Rights Amendment to eliminate gender-based discrimination. It has never been ratified.

Sources: A History of the American Suffragist Movement, National American Women Suffrage Association

You May Like

Tired of Waiting, South Africans Demand Change ‘Now’

With chronic poverty and lack of basic services largely fueling recent xenophobic attacks, many in Rainbow Nation say it’s time for government to act More

Challenges Ahead for China's Development Plans in Pakistan

Planned $46 billion in energy and infrastructure investments in Pakistan are aimed at transforming the country into a regional hub for trade and investment More

'Forbidden City' Revisits Little Known Era of Asian-American Entertainment

Little-known chapter of entertainment history captured in 80s documentary is revisited in new digitally remastered format and book More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festivali
X
April 24, 2015 4:09 AM
Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festival

Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
Video

Video Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
Video

Video Migrants Trek Through Western Balkans to Reach EU

Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
Video

Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
Video

Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
Video

Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
Video

Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
Video

Video Scientists: Mosquitoes Attracted By Our Genes

Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
Video

Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Keeping Washington Airspace Safe Is Tall Order

Being the home of all three branches of the U.S. federal government makes Washington, D.C. the prime target for those who want to make their messages and ideas heard. Unfortunately, many of them choose to deliver them in unorthodox ways, including from the air, as a recent incident clearly showed involving a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol’s West Lawn. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
Video

Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.

VOA Blogs