Evanston Women and the 19th Amendment

A Chronology of the Evanston Women's Rights Movement in Local and National Contexts

Welcome to Evanston Women and the 19th Amendment, an interactive timeline exhibit that tells the stories of women from Evanston, Illinois in the context of the national women's suffrage movement.;xNLx;;xNLx;Many of these stories are drawn from the digitized collection of the Evanston Women's History Project entitled [Evanston Women and the 19th](http://evanstonandthe19th.omeka.net/).

Tax-paying women suffrage bill

The Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs endorses a bill supporting tax-paying women's right to vote.

First woman elected to U.S. Congress

Jeanette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, four years before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

Wyoming women granted suffrage

When the Wyoming territory was organized, it included a provision granting women the right to vote. That provision remained intact when Wyoming was admitted to the Union in 1890.

First female Justice of the Peace

Esther Morris was appointed the country's first female Justice of the Peace in the Wyoming territory.

American Equal Rights Association formed

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony founded the association in New York.

National Women's Suffrage Parade

Suffragists from all over the country gathered in Washington, D.C. to march down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Alpha Suffrage Club founded

Ida B. Wells-Barnett founded the Alpha Suffrage Club in Chicago to reinforce the African American woman's involvement in the women's suffrage movement. The club is most well-known for its involvement in getting the first African American alderman, Oscar DePriest, elected in 1915.

McCulloch publishes 'Bridget's Sisters'

This play is loosely based on the life of lawyer and suffragist Myra Bradwell, and it stresses the lack of legal protections and freedoms women had with respect to their husbands.

Illinois Equal Suffrage Association founded

The association lobbied for woman suffrage through appeals to the state and federal legislature, publicized election candidates' positions on suffrage, and organized lectures and lecture tours to raise funds and awareness for the suffrage cause.

McCulloch drafts suffrage bill for IESA

As legislative superintendent of Illinois Equal Suffrage Association, McCullough wrote a bill providing for woman suffrage in presidential elections and in local elections not constitutionally limited to male voters.

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