Protesting suffragettes

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." — Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified August 18, 1920

OAH lectures on American women's political activism include early claims to citizenship, the pursuit of voting and other civil rights, and service in public office.


Anne M. Boylan

A New History of Women's Rights in the United States

This lecture contrasts the "old" history of women's rights and women's rights movements with the "new" history that scholars have produced over the past thirty years. It focuses on broad themes in conceptualizing "women's rights" and uses specific examples to develop the themes. Read More

Barbara Winslow

A Century of Suffrage . . . and Struggle

Women's struggle for the elective franchise began before the 1848 Seneca Falls women's rights convention, and continued after the passage of the 19th amendment which constitutionally enfranchised women in 1920. This talk will be about on ongoing struggle for women's suffrage a century before and a...(Read More)

Rosemarie Zagarri

Women and the Constitution before Seneca Falls

This talk discusses women's citizenship, their involvement in politics, and their changing status under the law in the U.S. prior to the first women's rights movement, from the the time of the American Revolution to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Read More

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