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Voting Rights: Road to the 19th Amendment: Women's Right to Vote
Updated: 10/30/2020
Voting Rights: Road to the 19th Amendment: Women's Right to Vote
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Voting Rights

Teacher Guide by Liane Hicks

The Declaration of Independence declared that “All men are created equal”, most people in the United States did not have full rights of citizenship until almost two hundred years later. The United States has a long history of denying the right to vote to the poor, women, and people of color purposefully, through intimidation, violence, or creating laws as barriers.

Voting Rights

Storyboard Description

In this activity, students will create a storyboard that focuses on a specific event or piece of legislation that expanded voting rights

Storyboard Text

  • Abigail Adams writes to John Adams
  • “In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could." - Abigail Adams
  • First Women's Rights Convention
  • Wyoming gives women right to vote
  • "We will stay out of the Union a hundred years rather than come in without our women." - Joseph M. Carey, legislator and governor of Wyoming
  • Suffragettes arrested for voting in NY
  • 19th Amendment Ratified
  • "Our 'pathway' is straight to the ballot box with no variableness nor shadow of turning."-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband to "remember the lades" as they planned to fight for independence from Great Britain. Sadly, women were not granted equal rights of citizenship when the U.S. won independence.
  • At the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, the attendees (including Frederick Douglass) adopted a resolution called the 'Declaration of Sentiments', calling for voting rights for women.
  • On Dec. 10, 1869, 50 years before the 19th Amendment, Wyoming territory became the first to give women suffrage including the right to vote, hold public office, and serve on a jury.
  • In November 1872, Susan B. Anthony and 15 other women were arrested in Rochester, New York after voting illegally in the presidential election of President Ulysses S. Grant vs. Horace Greeley.
  • 72 years after the first Women's Rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY, women get the right to vote when the 19th Amendment is ratified on August 18, 1920.
  • “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”-Ida B. Wells
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