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Flyer, "The Federal Suffrage Amendment," ca. 1917

The National Woman’s Party created this flyer to explain the steps for securing women’s right to vote nationally. By 1917 women had gained full suffrage in only 11 of 48 states. The flyer argued that pressuring Congress for a constitutional amendment would be more successful than pursuing suffrage state by state.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Flyer, "The Federal Suffrage Amendment," ca. 1917 Flyer, "The Federal Suffrage Amendment," ca. 1917

Securing Woman Suffrage

Organizing in 1848 at a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, and continuing into the 20th century, several generations of woman suffragists worked tirelessly for the right to vote. Over time, strategies varied: in the early 1900s some supporters tried to attain full suffrage through a constitutional amendment, while others pursued state-by-state campaigns to win suffrage incrementally. Woman suffrage was finally achieved by constitutional means in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.