Centennial & Suffrage History

Centennial & Suffrage History

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We're celebrating! The League and the 19th Amendment are turning 100!

In anticipation of the 19th Amendment's passage giving women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was first proposed at the National American Woman Suffrage Association's (NAWSA) convention March 24, 1919, and within a month charters were obtained for the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the League of Women Voters of Providence. The League of Women Voters national organization was formally established on February 14, 1920 at the NAWSA convention in Chicago.

The 19th Amendment was passed and signed into law August 26, 1920!


From The Woman Citizen, Volume 4, By Alice Stone Blackwell

"Bleeding feet wore smooth the path by which you climb up today."
A talk given by Elizabeth C. Stevens at a League of Women Voters meeting, Rhode Island Statehouse, April 10, 2019.

RI Suffragists featured at Centennial Event
Agnes M. Bacon
Alva Vanderbilt Belmont
Anna Garlin Spencer
Bertha G. Higgins
Deborah Knox Livingston
Elizabeth Buffum Chace
Esther H. Abelson
Julia Ward Howe
Mabel E. Orgelman
Mary E. Jackson
Paulina Wright Davis
Sara M. Algeo

Online History
History of Woman Suffrage: Volume 4 (Rhode Island 1868-1900, pgs. 907-927 pdf)
History of Woman Suffrage: 1900-1920 (Rhode Island, pgs. 565-578 pdf) edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Ida Husted Harper
The Story of a Sub-Pioneer by Sarah M. Algeo