Handout E: Suffrage by State – The Movement Unites (1890-1920)
Use Appendix B: Timeline and Quotes and the instructions below to complete the map on the next page.
It is important to remember that the “right to vote” was sometimes ambiguous. Some states offered some women the right to vote in some elections. By 1919, women had achieved full suffrage in 15 states, most of them in the West. New York was one of only two states east of the Mississippi to give women the vote prior to the Nineteenth Amendment. Can you think of any reason why women’s suffrage had more support in the West?
States in which women had won the right to vote in local or state elections
Label the state name and write the year that women gained the vote within the appropriate state outline. Color the following areas green indicating where women had won the right to vote in local or state elections prior to the 19th Amendment:
- 1869 Territory of Wyoming / State of Wyoming 1890
- 1870 Territory of Utah / State of Utah 1896
- 1883 Territory of Washington / State of Washington 1910
- 1887 Territory of Montana / State of Montana 1914
- 1893 Colorado
- 1896 Idaho
- 1911 California
- 1912 Arizona, Kansas, Oregon
- 1914 Nevada
- 1917 New York
- 1918 Michigan, Oklahoma, South Dakota
States in which women had won the right to vote for federal offices
Label the state name and write the year within the appropriate state outline. Then color these states yellow, indicating where women could vote for federal offices prior to the 19th Amendment.
- 1913 Illinois
- 1917 Nebraska, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Rhode Island
- 1919 Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin
States in which women could no longer be denied the vote after 19th Amendment
Label the state name and write the year within the appropriate state outline. Then color these states purple, indicating states which could no longer deny women the vote after ratification of the 19th Amendment.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia