A Bit of History
The beginning of the Woman Suffrage movement is commonly dated from 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and others met for tea and planned the first Woman's Rights Convention.
At the Seneca Falls Convention the Declaration of Sentiments, a protest modeled on the Declaration of Independence, was drafted and was the first public protest against women's political, social and economic inferiority. Included in the list of reforms was a demand for the ballot.
Seventy-two years of ceaseless campaigns and political struggle were required for women to win the vote.
The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was finally ratified with Tennessee's crucial and dramatic vote in August of 1920.
Ratification would not have been possible without the dedication and personal sacrifice of thousands of women across the state who worked continually to build a strong suffrage organization in Tennessee.
The Woman Suffrage movement is a milestone in the political and social history of the United States-yet it is virtually unacknowledged in the chronicles of our history. Recognition of those who gave so much to include women in our democracy is long overdue.