Woman Suffrage

On May 21, 1910, some 10,000 New Yorkers gathered in Union Square to demand that women receive the right to vote. “We call this the land of liberty,” Maud Nathan told the crowd, “…but there are no free sons born where the mother is not free.” The rally, the largest woman suffrage demonstration yet held in the country, symbolized New York City’s increasingly prominent role in the national movement for votes for women.... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • VICTORIA WOODHULL
    Victoria Woodhull
  • Harriot Stanton Blatch
    Harriot Stanton Blatch
  • Carrie Chapman Catt
    Carrie Chapman Catt

Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1848 Declaration of Sentiments, signed at Seneca Falls, New York, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and others, calls for women’s rights

1872 First female presidential candidate, New Yorker Victoria Woodhull, runs on the Equal Rights Party line

1905 Suffragettes begin militant tactics in England

1910 National American Woman Suffrage Association headquarters moves to New York City

1912 Fifth Avenue parade of 10,000 demands votes for women

1915 40,000 suffragists participate in New York City’s largest parade ever New York State referendum on suffrage is defeated

1917 New York voters approve votes for women

1919 Ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution gives women the vote

1920 League of Women Voters founded in New York City

1923 The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, championed by Alice Paul and other feminists, fails to pass

Key Events

1848 Declaration of Sentiments, signed at Seneca Falls, New York, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and others, calls for women’s rights
1872 First female presidential candidate, New Yorker Victoria Woodhull, runs on the Equal Rights Party line
1905
Suffragettes begin militant tactics in England
1910 National American Woman Suffrage Association headquarters moves to New York City
1912 Fifth Avenue parade of 10,000 demands votes for women
1915 40,000 suffragists participate in New York City’s largest parade ever New York State referendum on suffrage is defeated
1917 New York voters approve votes for women
1919
Ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution gives women the vote
1920 League of Women Voters founded in New York City
1923
The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, championed by Alice Paul and other feminists, fails to pass