Suffrage Centennial 1910-2010
Women's voices and influence have always been a part of Washington’s history, even
without the vote. The fight for permanent woman's suffrage in Washington, however,
spans over 50 years in territorial and state history. Washington was the first state
in the 20th century and the fifth state in the Union to enact women’s suffrage.
Washington women’s success in 1910 helped inspire the campaign that culminated in
passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, when women won the
right to vote nationally.
The campaign for women's rights in Washington, however, did not end in 1910, but
continues to the present. By commemorating the Suffrage Centennial, Washingtonians
celebrate the long and arduous road to the achievement of women's suffrage, the
continuing struggle for women's rights and the significant role of women in public
and private life. The victory in 1910 was an important culmination of the fight
for the rights of women as citizens but only the beginning of a century of women’s
activism to shape Washington. After the 1910, women had new tools to continue the
reforms they had begun earlier.
"Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington"
"Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington" is a new book by Shanna Stevenson that tells the story of how Washington women got the vote 100 years ago and how they have continued the struggle for equal rights to the present day. This profusely illustrated volume also features vignettes of Washington women who have made a difference. Published by the Washington State Historical Society, the book retails for $24.95 and is available in bookstores and through Washington State University Press or the Historical Society.