Women’s Suffrage

Date in History: 1920

In 1906, the great American feminist, Susan B. Anthony, died. As president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association she had fought tenaciously for the right of women to vote. In 1920, fourteen years after her death, the nineteenth amendment was finally passed giving woment that right. Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the amendment.

Tuesday, September 7th, 1920 was a new day for Jefferson County women. Women who registered ahead of time could vote for the first time in their life. Unfortunately, large numbers of women failed to register since the amendment was ratified only three weeks earlier. Still, in Fort Atkinson, of the exactly 1,000 votes cast, 302 of them were from women.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 07/10/2006.

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