26
Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the nineteenth amendment

1932
Virginia Jenckes is the first Indiana woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

2
The number of Hoosier women currently in the U.S. House of Representatives

69
The number of years it took for Indiana women to achieve the right to vote

Vintage - Woman Photo

Some of the trailblazing Hoosier women who won the right to vote and entered public life after 1920. (Left to right: Grace Julian Clarke, Madam CJ Walker, Marie Stuart Edwards, Julia Carson, Arcada Balz and Cecil Harding. Images: Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library)

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On Aug. 26, 1920, Hoosier women won the right to vote.

At first glance, the meaning behind that statement is simple. But the real story goes much deeper.

In Indiana, almost seventy years passed between the first calls for women’s voting rights and the passage of the 19th Amendment. And, though momentous, 1920 is just one milestone in a long and ongoing journey, and access to the voting booth is just one part of what it means to be an equal part of the democratic process.

The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial, catalyzed by Indiana Humanities, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau, working with many grassroots and local partners, marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We invite Hoosiers to honor the ideas and ideals that fueled the suffrage movement in Indiana, and the people who led the way; to engage in a conversation about inclusion, equity, perseverance and power; to consider what remains to be done to ensure that our democracy truly includes everyone; and to identify and act on the lessons of the women’s suffrage movement.

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Upcoming Events


Women's suffrage events are taking place across Indiana. Here are a few opportunities to get involved.


June 10, 2020
northwest

Exploring Women’s Suffrage through 50 Historic Objects


Join Jessica Jenkins, director of collections at Minnetrista, as she discusses her new book Exploring Women’s Suffrage through 50 Historic Objects. Exploring the collections of many museums throughout the United States, Jenkins has selected 50 objects which best tell the...
June 15, 2020
statewide

Preserving Women’s Legacy Grants Deadline


The goal of the Preserving Women’s Legacy Grants is to provide official Indiana Main Street Program organizations with funds to carry out projects that recognize women’s history in their communities. The projects should lead to outcomes that are tangible and...
June 20, 2020
northeast

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? featuring Laura Merrifield Wilson


Join CBS panelist and Assistant Professor Laura Merrifiled Wilson for her presentation,  "Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? Examining the Role of Women in Politics Since Suffrage." Take a detailed look at current statistics and key research findings pertaining to...
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Votes for Women, Equal Suggrage

History


Today, women’s suffrage seems like an obvious component of democracy. One hundred years ago, it was a controversial idea that even some women opposed. Championing it required courage, perseverance and organized activism.

Dr. Anita Morgan, senior lecturer of history at IUPUI and author of a forthcoming book about Indiana women’s fight for the right to vote, overviews the major Hoosier milestones on the long path to the 19th Amendment.

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Resources


Everyone can help to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage in Indiana. These resources can help you plan events, lessons and other activities in your area.

Teacher Materials

Program Toolkit

Research Fellowships

Speakers Bureau

Traveling Exhibit

Branding Guide & Logos