The women’s suffrage movement began — officially — at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. It was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a mother from upstate New York, and Lucretia Mott, a well-known speaker, abolitionist and co-organizer of the Philadelphia anti-Slavery Society.
The history of the women’s suffrage movement is long and complex. From the earliest colonies to the passage of the 19th Amendment, women fought for 80 years to gain the right to vote.
The women’s suffrage movement was diverse, but it was not often inclusive. Black women were involved at all levels, but the mainstream campaigns were primarily led by and for white middle-class women.