As interfaith women, we stand on the shoulders of the Suffragists who have created the model for political and social advocacy.
The Fight for Civil Rights That Changed the World
1848-Movement began with the Declaration of Sentiments based on the Declaration of Independence
1850-First National Women's Rights convention is held in Worcester, Massachusettes
May 1869- The National Women Suffrage Association is formed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth
Nov 1869- The American Women Suffrage Association is formed by Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell and
Dec 1869-The first women's suffrage law is passed in the territory of Wyoming
1890- The National Women Suffrage Association and the American Women Suffrage Association merge to form the National American Suffrage Association
1893-Colorado becomes the first state to adopt an ammendment to allow women the right to vote
1896- The National Association of Colored Women is formed. Leaders in the black women's club movement included Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell, and Anna Julia Cooper.
1903-The National Women's Trade Union is established: advocated for improved wages and working conditions for women
1913-Alice Paul and Lucy Burns worked to get a federal amendment which allowed women the right to vote
1916-Margaret Sanger opens the first U.S birth-control clinic in Brooklyn, New York
1919-The federal women suffrage amendment, originally introduced in 1878, is passed by both
1920-The Women's Bureau of the Department of labor is formed: collect information about women in the workforce and regulate the working conditions for women
Aug 1920-The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, signed by Bainbridge Colby, the Secretary of State, and officially becomes a law
Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.