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.
On September 10, 1919, New Hampshire voted in favor of the 19th Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including New Hampshire) approved the proposal and it became law, recognizing women's suffrage rights all across the county.
New Hampshire Places of Women’s Suffrage: The Eagle Hotel
Constructed in 1851, the Eagle Hotel is located across the street from the State Capitol Building. It was an important meeting place for politicians. In February of 1913, women’s suffrage organizations held a large banquet at the hotel. Suffragists from across the state attended and several notable figures spoke at the event, including Governor Samuel Felker and William J. Britton, Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Eagle Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Last updated: April 11, 2019