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Women: Past

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.

Explore the layered history of the women’s suffrage movement: read about the women who worked tirelessly and who sometimes risked their lives for the cause, and examine the importance of women gaining the right to vote.

Honor the achievements, reflect on the imperfections.