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/).

1855-04-11 22:04:09

First local suffrage association organized in Illinois

The first local suffrage association in Illinois is organized at Earlville.

1866-01-01 00:00:00

American Equal Rights Association formed

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

1869-01-01 00:00:00

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.

1869-02-11 22:04:09

Chicago's first women's suffrage convention

Mary Livermore held the first women's suffrage convention in Chicago on this date.

1869-07-23 22:04:09

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.

1870-01-01 00:00:00

First female Justice of the Peace

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

1870-08-08 18:59:09

"Daughters of Freedom" composed

Listen here to a ballad on women's suffrage, "Daughters of Freedom, the Ballot be Yours."

1874-11-01 00:00:00

WCTU founded in Ohio

The Women's Christian Temperance Union officially organized in Hillsboro, Ohio.

1878-01-10 00:00:00

First women's suffrage amendment proposed

Senator Aaron A. Sargent of California first introduces the Nineteenth Amendment in Congress.

1879-01-01 07:00:50

WCTU moves to Evanston

Evanstonian Frances Willard takes over leadership of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and moves the organization's headquarters to Evanston.

1889-03-02 00:00:00

Woman's Club of Evanston founded

Elizabeth Boynton Harbert founded the Woman's Club of Evanston, which first met informally on this date.

1890-09-15 16:41:39

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.

1895-08-02 03:18:14

McCulloch admitted to the Illinois Bar

Catharine Waugh McCullough is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Illinois (1886) and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States (1898).

1902-07-01 06:04:43

Tax-paying women suffrage bill

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

1911-02-08 12:58:27

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.

1913-01-01 00:00:00

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.

1913-03-03 02:15:19

National Women's Suffrage Parade

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

1913-06-26 20:09:04

Illinois women attain suffrage

On this date, Governor Edward Dunne signed into law a bill making Illinois the first state east of the Mississippi where women could vote for presidential electors, thus having a strong influence in national elections.

1916-11-07 14:14:12

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.

1920-08-26 00:00:00

Passage of the 19th Amendment

On this date Congress ratified the Nineteenth amendment, declaring that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

1923-08-01 16:51:51

Equal Rights Amendment proposed

The National Woman's Party proposes the Equal Rights Amendment which would ban discrimination based on sex.

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