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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

First used in the election of 1900, mechanical defects made voting returns inaccurate, and their use was subsequently banned in March of 1901. There was a repeal of this ban in November of 1901 which was made mandatory in April of 1905. Use was…

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.See also:Report of the Special Committee on Woman Suffrage, Etc. Made to the General Assembly at its January Session A.D., 1874

Images of the four page Act of the Rhode Island General Assembly which granted women the right to vote in Presidential and Vice Presidential elections.See also:Report of the Special Committee on Woman Suffrage, Etc. Made to the General Assembly at…