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Votes for Women


"Votes for Women" commemorates the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

In 1919, the federal woman suffrage amendment was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. (This same amendment had originally been written by Susan B. Anthony and introduced in Congress in 1878.) On June 4, 1919, Congress sent the amendment to the states for ratification, as required by law. Rhode Island ratified the amendment on Jan. 7, 1920, and by August it was the law of the land.

"Votes for Women" features dozens of items including records of the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, petitions and acts submitted to the General Assembly, images of prominent women who championed equality and an original McTammany Voting Machine used by women for the first time in the 1920 election.

See the full exhibit for yourself at the State Archives, 337 Westminster St., Providence, through April 30. Free parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot across Snow Street from the State Archives. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Woman Suffrage

Henry George on Woman Suffrage.

Henry George, in a recent number of his
paper, the Standard, says in reply to an ob-

The natural right of a woman to vote is just
as clear as that of a man, and rests on the…

Woman Suffrage

He Wanted the Apple.

Editor Telegram:
Isn't there a good deal of nonsense in the
talk about suffrage being such a "burden" that
we ought not to impose it on women? Men
do not regard it so in their own case, I notice. …

Images of a meeting notice for the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association.

Images of the Act by the Rhode Island General Assembly to incorporate the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association in 1892.

Image of the The Woman Citizen Monthly newsletter (Vol. 1 No. 1) published on February 15, 1905. The Woman Citizen Monthly newsletter was published monthly by the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association between 1905-1908.