U.S. Women's Suffrage: A Milestone in Women's Rights

2023 Guides - Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas
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Women in white dresses marching in a parade, holding signs that say "Votes for Women"

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Women's right to vote
19th amendment
Seneca Falls

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An interactive map and timeline covering U.S. voting rights from 1820 through the present day.
Photographs, textual, and other records related to suffrage in the National Archives Catalog, plus educational resources, articles, and more.
A three-part history of the U.S. Senate's role in the fight for women's right to vote and the 19th Amendment. Also includes a timeline and suffragists' petitions to the Senate.
A lengthy article about the women's suffrage movement in the U.S., including many links to biographical information about key figures as well as a bibliography.
Links to artifacts in the Smithsonian collection related to women's suffrage in the U.S.

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