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

Cady Stanton 


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

1870- Julie Ward Howe published The Mothers Day Proclamation


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.

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