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. Continue reading from The Westport Library
Not all Connecticut women and men were in favor of women’s suffrage. By the early 1900s, the Connecticut Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage had local branches all across the state. Members of the organization thought voting put an unnecessary burden on women. Like many other states in America, Connecticut was split on the issue of women’s suffrage.
But Connecticut suffragists did not give up. In 1918, women protested in the cities of Hartford and Simsbury. They wrote a telegram to President Woodrow Wilson asking him to support women’s suffrage. He publicly endorsed a woman’s right to vote later that year.
After decades of arguments for and against women's suffrage, Congress finally voted in favor of the 19th Amendment in June 1919. After Congress passed the 19th Amendment, at least 36 states needed to vote in favor of it for it to become law. This process is called ratification. By August of 1920, 36 states ratified the 19th Amendment, ensuring that all across the country, the right to vote could not be denied based on sex. Continue reading from National Park Service
Detailed Chronology of National Woman's Party History (Library of Congress)
Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association Digital Records (Connecticut State Library)
Westport Equal Franchise League (Woog's 06880)
National American Woman Suffrage Association Records: General Correspondence, 1839-1961; Connecticut Suffrage Associations (Library of Congress)
Who Was Alice Paul? (Alice Paul Institute)
Connecticut's Suffragists (CT Suffrage Centennial)
The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Connecticut (Connecticut Explored)