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 February 9, 1920, New Jersey voted in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including New Jersey) approved the proposal and it became law, recognizing women’s suffrage rights all across the country.
New Jersey Places of Women’s Suffrage: Paulsdale
Paulsdale was the birthplace and childhood home of Alice Paul, a noted suffragist. Paul organized a women’s suffrage parade in Washington, DC in 1913. She also founded the National Woman’s Party in 1916. Her home in New Jersey is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public.
Last updated: April 11, 2019