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.


October 22, 2020
southwest

From Seneca Falls to Seymour and South Bend: Mapping Indiana’s Suffrage History featuring Melissa Gentry


Ms. Gentry's multimedia story-maps depict some of the people and places connected to the history of women’s suffrage. Complete with ups, downs, sometimes dramatic and “less than ladylike” but always colorful individuals and events, her talk incorporates historic photographs, correspondence,...
November 5, 2020
central

Securing the Vote: Women’s Suffrage in Indiana Traveling Exhibit


Securing the Vote: Women’s Suffrage in Indiana is a new traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society. From the first Indiana Woman’s Rights Convention held in Dublin, Indiana in 1851 to the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, Hoosier...
November 18, 2020
southcentral

Monroe County History Center


Women comprise a majority of the population yet remain underrepresented within American government. In fact, Indiana trails most national numbers and remains one of 5 states in the country to never have elected a female governor or senator. One hundred...
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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