Local Suffrage Organizations
In Nov, 1913 the Westport Equal Franchise League (EFL) put on Suffrage Week, kicked off by a downtown parade inspired by the progressive activism of the March 3, 1913 D.C. pageant. A town hall rally followed that galvanized support included addresses: "The Wage-Earning Women" by Alyse Gregory of South Norwalk; “The Necessity of Mother's Vote” by Westporter Mrs. Robert Fuller; and others by Mrs. D. O. Parker of Greenwich and John H. Light, State Attorney General from Norwalk.
Many of Westport's artists were among those who stirred up suffrage support in town by teaming up with the Connecticut Woman’s Suffrage Association (CWSA). The Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association was organized at a meeting in Roberts’ Opera House, Hartford, October 28-29, 1869. The Association carried on a spirited and energetic campaign to obtain the vote for women, first in school and local elections and then on a state and national level, working in collaboration with many other equal rights, equal franchise, and constitutional union groups. Its primary aim having been achieved with the ratification by Connecticut of the 19th Amendment on September 14, 1920, the Association voted to dissolve itself on June 3, 1921 and their records were transferred to the Connecticut State Library. Learn more about the State Library's collection.
Westport’s Suffragists—Our Neighbors, Our Crusaders: The 19th Amendment Turns 100
On Display in Sheffer Gallery: February 26-May 13
The names and contributions of Westport women central to the “Votes for Women” campaign and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 remain nearly forgotten. Learn about the Westport suffragists who helped change the course of history for American women for generations to come. Part of “Our Vote, Our Future,” the Library’s WestportREADS 2020 centennial celebration. Learn More...
Articles on Suffrage in Connecticut