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  • The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. Beginning with the Woman's Rights Convention in 1848 it was on Aug. 18, 1920, that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified.<br><br>An illustration depicting Elizabeth Cady Stanton speaking during the first Woman's Rights Convention, held in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19, 1848.
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  • The first official National Woman's Rights Convention was held in Worcester, Mass., from Oct. 23-24, 1850. Convention speakers included such names as Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglas. <br><br>This wood engraving published by Harper's Weekly on June 11, 1859, mocks the annual conventions, with men in both galleries heckling and interrupting the woman speaker.
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  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869 to fight for a universal-suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. <br><br> Stanton and Anthony, the founders of The National Woman Suffrage Association, circa 1881.
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  • Suffragettes take to the river in a tug boat to post banners circa 1900.
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  • The Phyllis Wheatley Club, in Buffalo, N.Y., 1905. Because woman's suffrage organizations generally did not welcome Black women as members, they formed their own groups.
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  • Photo of the headquarters of women voters on upper Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Holding the flag for suffagettes is Miss Belle Sherwin, president of the organization, 1912.
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  • Suffragettes carry the American flag during a Women's Suffrage Parade in New York, May 3, 1913.
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  • Women pose with with Nannie Burroughs holding a banner that reads, "Banner State Woman's National Baptist Convention" Burroughs was an educator, orator, religious leader, civil rights activist and suffragette.
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  • Women participate in a suffrage parade in New York, circa 1912.
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  • Grand Marshall Inez Milholland leads a procession of 30,000 marchers in New York during a suffragist parade, May 3, 1913.
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  • A sign shows which states have voted for the 19th Amendment, 1914.
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  • Former President Theodore Roosevelt addresses a group of 500 suffragettes from the veranda on his home at Oyster Bay, N.Y., in 1918. He denounced pacifism and gave his support to the women's cause during World War I.
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  • Women stand at a women's suffrage information booth encouraging people to vote "yes" for women's voting rights, circa 1914 in New York.
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  • Kentucky Gov. Edwin P. Morrow signs the Anthony Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, as suffragettes look on, Jan. 6, 1920, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky was the 24th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, sometimes referred to as the "Anthony Amendment" after Susan B. Anthony.
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  • At the National Women's Party headquarters, a group of American suffragists watch as Alice Paul sews stars onto a banner in celebration of the state of Tennessee's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, Washington D.C, in August 1920.
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  • Women demonstrators outside the Republican Convention demanding the right to vote, Chicago, 1920.
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  • Photograph of six suffragists at the 1920 Republican National Convention in Chicago, gathered in front of a building with suffrage banners. Mrs. James Rector, Mary Dubrow, and Alice Paul (left to right) hold centre banner that reads: "No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her self. Susan B. Anthony, 1872."
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  • A group from the Cincinnati chapter of the League of Women Voters stands in front of their tote board. The board in a central square shows voter registration by city ward, in 1920.
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  • Mr. and Mrs Warren G. Harding stand in line to vote in the presidential election. It was the first time women were allowed to vote for a president, 1920.
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  • Three women vote at a polling station in New York, Nov. 2, 1920.
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  • View of the front line for the last mile of the torch relay to the 1977 National Women's Conference, in Houston, Nov. 18, 1977. Among those pictured are, from left, Susan B Anthony II, Bella Abzug, Sylvia Ortiz, Peggy Kokernot, Michelle Cearcy, Betty Freidan, and Billy Jean King. Ortiz, Kokernot, and Cearcy were the final three runners of the 2,600 mile-relay from Seneca Falls, N.Y., site of the 1848 Women's Conference.
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  • President Gerald Ford signs legislation declaring Aug. 26 Women's Equality Day, Washington D.C., Aug, 22, 1974.
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  • Congresswomen, dressed in white in tribute to the women's suffrage movement, pose for a photo as they arrive for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2019.
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