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Looking at 1920: A Hundred Years Later: Women's Suffrage

The year 1920 was one of the most transformative years in history. As we reach its centennial, this guide highlights some of that years' most significant events.

The Complex History of the Women's Suffrage Movement




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Women's Suffrage in Georgia

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Suffragists at the 1920 Republican National Convention in Chicago, IL hold up a sign that says "no self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her self.  Susan B. Anthony, 1872."


Women belonging to the Suffragists of the Congressional Union, who traveled to the capitol to secure support for an early report on a resolution that was before the Rules Committee at the time.

Source: Photo provided from Hancock Historical Museum to

Anti-suffrage pamphlet published by National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. January 2, 1910.


Harriet Tubman's accomplishments weren't limited to leading slaves to freedom.  She was also a vocal advocate for women's suffrage and took special interest in securing rights for black women.  She spoke in favor of women's suffrage in New York, Boston, and Washington.


Helena Hill Weed on one of several times she was arrested.  On July 4, 1917, she became the first woman arrested for picketing the White House. She was also one of America's first female geologists and was a founder of the Women's National Press Club.


Women learning how to vote.

Source:  International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs (1885-1985).  Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives,Cornell University Library.  October 1. 2010.


Even though the nineteenth amendment helped secure voting rights for many women, in practice a large number remained disenfranchised for many years to come.  Native American women and Asian women were often unable to vote due to denial of citizenship and black women were prevented from voting during the Jim Crow era. The 1965 Voting Rights Act of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration established voting rights for all American citizens, regardless of race.


A broadside published by the National American Woman Suffrage Association.  Click here for full page document.

Source:  "Votes for Women! The Woman's Reason...," National American Woman Suffrage Association, New York, 1912. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

New Georgia Encyclopedia @ MGA - Women Who Fought for Suffrage in GA


Pullen, Ann E. "Mary Latimer McLendon (1840-1921)." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 11 March 2020. Web. 17 April 2020. 

The New Georgia Encyclopedia is an excellent GALILEO database for searching for information on a whole range of topics related to Georgia history, including people, places, historical events, and other topics.  Mary Latimer McLendon is among several women who fought for women's voting rights in Georgia.  Also, see:  Rebecca Latimer Felton, Julia Flisch, Jeanette Rankin, and Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas.


The Women Who Fought For Suffrage