Women in America fought for suffrage – the right to vote – for over a century. Organized efforts to demand the vote began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention started the women’s suffrage movement. While women were not always united in their goals, the efforts of women like Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. It went into effect on August 26, 1920.
Last updated: April 25, 2019