Indiana and the 19th Amendment

Indiana state overlaid with the purple, white, and gold suffrage flag
State of Indiana overlaid with the purple, white, and gold suffrage flag, indicating it was one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. CC0

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 state flag
Indiana state flag. CC0

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.

Exterior of a domed Capitol Building.

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The State Capitol Building is an important place in the story of ratification. It listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sources used to make these state pages include: Ida Husted Harper's History of Woman Suffrage: 1900-1920, Volume 6 (1922), the National American Woman Suffrage Association papers (Library of Congress), and National Register nominations from the National Park Service.

Last updated: April 11, 2019