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Test Your Women's Right to Vote Movement Knowledge!

There was a meeting held in 1848 which is considered the first women’s rights convention in the US.   It is known as:

The Niagara Falls Convention

The Boston Tea Party Convention

The Seneca Falls Convention

The Ripon Convention


The Seneca Falls Convention was the first womens rights convention.[1] It advertised itself as "a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman".[2][3] Held in the Wesleyan Chapel of the town of Seneca Falls, New York, it spanned two days over July 19–20, 1848. Attracting widespread attention, it was soon followed by other women's rights conventions, including the Rochester Women's Rights Convention in Rochester, New York, two weeks later. In 1850 the first in a series of annual National Women's Rights Conventions met in Worcester, Massachusetts   … Wikipedia

There was a famous meeting in Ripton, WI in 1854- it was the first meeting of the party that became the Republicans.


Which was the first state to ratify the 19th amendment?

New York



The Great State of Chaos


If this was a write-in question and you answered “Illinois”, you would have been marked correct by many people.   While it is true that Illinois passed a bill first (6/10/1919), because of a mistake in wording in the introduction of the bill, but not the amendment itself, Illinois reaffirmed passage of the amendment on June 17 and submitted a brief to confirm that the second vote was merely a legal formality. 

Wisconsin passed the 19th Amendment on June 10, 1919.


In the 2016 presidential election, who voted more- men or women?

Women by 10%

Men by 5%

Neither, both genders voted the same percentage

Unknown- this statistic is not tracked

Amazing how our biases led so many of us to assume that Men outvoted Women!

In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion of eligible female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of eligible male adults who voted (see Figure 1). In all presidential elections prior to 1980, the voter turnout rate for women was lower than the rate for men. The number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964.

The exact numbers are that 73.7% of Women voted versus 63.8% of men.



Who was arrested for voting in the presidential election of 1872 that Grant won?

Mary Todd Lincoln

George Washington Julian

John Brown

Susan B. Anthony



Many of the entries liked George Washington Julian, who was a very active political figure in the mid 1800’s.   He was the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Free Soil Party in the 1852 election:  he and his ticket-topper, John Hale, did not receive any Electorial College votes…

On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot in the presidential election, though women at the time were prohibited from doing so. Two weeks later, she was arrested, and the following year, she was found guilty of illegal voting.

 Anthony argued that she had the right to vote because of the recently adopted Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, part of which reads, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States."

The judge, Ward Hunt, was a recently appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice who had responsibility for the federal circuit court in which the trial was held. He did not allow the jurors to discuss this case but instead directed them to find Anthony guilty. 

After both sides had presented their cases on the second day of the trial, Justice Hunt delivered his written opinion. He had written it beforehand, he said, to ensure that, "there would be no misapprehension about my views".[46] He said the Constitution allowed states to prohibit women from voting and that Anthony was guilty of violating a New York law to that effect. 

Justice Hunt sentenced Anthony to pay a fine of $100, she responded, "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty"

A month after the trial, a deputy federal marshal was dispatched to collect Anthony's fine. He reported that a careful search had failed to find any property that could be seized to pay the fine. The court took no further action.
… Wikipedia


Hey, Susan Sobeloff- sounds like another great play!



In the 1872 election, Victoria Woodhull formed her own political party (the Equal Rights Party) and declared herself to be a candidate for president.  She was ineligible because:


Her husband did not give his permission

She was not old enough

She had immigrant status and was not a US citizen

She failed the “hanging chad” test


Once again, many of our personal thoughts/experiences colored our answers.

Victoria Woodhull was the candidate in 1872 from the Equal Rights Party, supporting women's suffrage and equal rights; her running mate was black abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, although he never agreed to this.  A check on her activities occurred when she was arrested on obscenity charges a few days before the election.

A few days before the 1872 presidential election, Woodhull published an article in her newspaper aimed at exposing popular preacher Henry Ward Beecher as an adulterous hypocrite. The backlash was immediate, as Beecher’s supporters helped garner arrest warrants for Victoria and Tennessee on charges of sending obscene material through the mail. They also faced libel charges over a second article that accused a Wall Street trader of getting two teenage girls drunk and seducing them. Police took the sisters into custody on November 2, and they remained in jail for about a month... History Newletter

Victoria was born on September 23, 1838.  She would have been several months too young to be inaugurated on March 4, 1873.




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