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National Park Service Nineteenth Amendment Site and Resources

Era: Post-Suffrage Era, Suffrage Era | Media: Exhibition, Web-based

The National Park Service has an expansive site on the Nineteenth Amendment with excellent resources, including online webinars on various aspects of the centennial celebration and the suffrage movement’s history. From the website’s introductory text:

Women in America first collectively organized in 1848 at the First Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY to fight for suffrage (or voting rights). Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention sparked the women’s suffrage movement. Not everyone followed the same path in fighting for women’s equal access to the vote, and the history of the suffrage movement is one of disagreements as well as cooperation.

While women were not always united in their goals, and the fight for women’s suffrage was complex and interwoven with issues of civil and political rights for all Americans, the efforts of women like Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Signed into law on August 26, 1920, the passage of the 19th Amendment was the result of decades of work by tens of thousands across the country who worked for change.

Use this site to discover some of the stories of women and men who fought for women’s suffrage rights. You’ll also find resources for children and adults, including essays on suffrage, storymaps, and lesson plans.

Ohio Woman Suffrage Headquarters. Coll. Library of Congress

Women’s Access to the Vote Across the US

This series of 14 articles gives a comprehensive history of woman suffrage and the 19th Amendment across America.

  • Suffrage parade in New York City, May 4, 1912. Library of Congress.

    The 19th Amendment: A Crash Course

    A quick overview of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment.

  • Read about 20 suffragists and the work they did to get women the ballot

    20 Suffragists To Know for 2020

    Read about 20 suffragists and the work they did to get women the ballot

  • Coloring of a paper cat. NPS photo.

    Kids Activities

    Express your creative side with kids activities relating to women’s history and women’s suffrage.

  • Sculpture of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, USCapitol, CC0

    The Early Suffrage Movement

    When a small group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848, they galvanized a movement for women’s suffrage.

  • Alice Paul sews a star on the suffrage flag


    The State-by-State Race to Ratification

    Follow the race to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. As each state ratifies (or rejects) the amendment, find their stories here.

  • The Awakening. Collections Library of Congress

    19th Amendment By State

    Explore the state histories of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote.

  • National Woman's Party Watchfire at the White House. Library of Congress

    FROM 1648 THROUGH 2016

    Expanded US Women’s Suffrage Timeline

    An extended timeline of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, from Margaret Brent to Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality

  • People in Bloomers


    Teach It!

    A collection of lesson plans for teachers to engage with the 19th Amendment and Woman Suffrage with their students.

  • StoryMap: Places of Women's Suffrage


    StoryMap: The Ratification of the 19th

    Explore the ratification of the 19th Amendment throughout the US, from the first state in 1920 to the last state in 1984 (plus 2!)

  • Woman suffrage meeting, Sen. Harding's Home, Ohio. Coll. Library of Congress

    19th Amendment Events Across the NPS

    Looking for 19th Amendment events across the National Park Service? Check out our calendar.

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