January 1918 – Suffrage On the Map

On January 27, 1918 The New York Times ran a full-page article reporting on the progress of suffrage to that date.  One of the most interesting additions was a map of the nation.  Click on the “out copy” link below to get a fascinating view of the national progress of the woman suffrage movement by January 27, 1918, almost seventy years after its formal commencement at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.

Of particular interest is the classification of some states as “Anti-suffrage states, by decision at the polls,” thereby insinuating that the entire state was anti-suffrage because the state referendum had failed to that date. We are grateful such designations did not last long, although it would be another two and a half years before the 19th Amendment became the law of the land.

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  1. jovana January 23, 2018 at 5:47 pm | | Reply

    Very interesting map. It’s hard to believe that it was just one hundred years ago that women got the right to vote. We just take it for granted. Thanks for delving so superbly into this issue.

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