Beautiful and Heartbreaking Photos of Women Fighting for the Right to Vote

It wasn’t until 1920 that it was finally legal for women in all 50 states of the U.S. to vote. The roots of the Suffrage Movement go back to the 19th century, although it should be noted that some states did grant women the right to vote well before 1920. The road to votes for women was paved with many bumps and naysayers, including their own husbands and neighbors!

Despite more peaceful protests than those of English women a few years before them (who gained the right to vote in 1918), American suffragists still suffered violence and hatred because of the cause they were championing.

“The time has come to conquer or submit for there is but one choice – we have made it.” Via/ Library of Congress

One has to wonder how many husbands of suffragettes joined the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. Via/ Library of Congress

There were other groups of men who were in favor of women’s suffrage and publicized that fact, like the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage seen here in 1913. Via/ Library of Congress

Party of suffragists, 1914. Via/ Library of Congress

Suffrage groups like the National Woman Suffrage Party held balls and other events to raise awareness and funds for the cause of suffrage. Pictured here are suffrage dancers from an event that took place in the early 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress

Washington, D.C., 1913. Via/ Library of Congress

Suffrage “parade” in 1913. Via/ Library of Congress

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