Claiming the Right to Vote
In 1872, before women could vote in national elections, Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot for a federal election in New York. She was arrested and put on trial. In court she argued that her action was legal under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave all citizens the right to vote. The court found her guilty but the highly publicized trial raised public awareness about woman suffrage. Women finally achieved national voting rights with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.