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Map, "Votes for Women a Success: The Map Proves It," ca. 1914

In 1914 the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) announced success in its state-by-state campaign for voting rights. Nine states had enfranchised women, and NAWSA was optimistic that many others would soon follow. This map, meant for display at rallies and meetings, indicated the status of women’s voting rights in the 48 states.


Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Map, "Votes for Women a Success: The Map Proves It," ca. 1914

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.