Women first organized and collectively fought for suffrage at the national level in July of 1848. Suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott convened a meeting of over 300 people in Seneca Falls, New York. In the following decades, women marched, protested, lobbied, and even went to jail. By the 1870s, women pressured Congress to vote on an amendment that would recognize their suffrage rights. This amendment became known as the 19th Amendment.
After decades of arguments for and against women's suffrage, Congress finally voted in favor of the 19th Amendment in 1919. After Congress passed the 19th Amendment, at least 36 states needed to vote in favor of it for it to become law. In August of 1920, 36 states ratified the 19th Amendment, recognizing women’s right to vote.
On January 16, 1920, Indiana voted in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including Indiana) ratified the amendment, giving women the right to vote.
Indiana Places of Women’s Suffrage: State Capitol Building & Grounds
To bring greater attention to their cause, the women of Indiana commissioned a statue of State Senator Robert Dale Owen in 1911. Owen was a supporter of universal suffrage and women’s rights. The statue, made by female artist Frances Murphy Goodwin, was presented to the Indiana legislature at the State Capitol Building. Today, the Capitol Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours by appointment.
Last updated: April 11, 2019