kentucky women,

the 19th amendment

& the progress of rights for all

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and change the world.

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What We're About

On Saturday, August 20, 2022 , we will celebrate 102 years of the Amendment XIX - giving women the right to vote. 

 

 The right to vote is a

right for all.  

And we're determined to fight to keep it a right for all 

permanently -

for all generations to come. 

Join us to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky 

in a celebration of how far our nation has come. 

 

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nettiedepp

November 21, 1874 – August 3, 1932

Honoring the first female public official elected in Kentucky. 

One of five children, Nettie Depp began working as teacher in Scottsville, Kentucky in 1910. Her ability to see the importance of education for the public and fair pay to the educators led her to run for Barren County Superintendent after the 1912 Kentucky School suffrage law was enacted. 

In 1913, she won the election and held the position of Superintendent until 1917. During her time in office, she created the first 4-year high school in Barren County and initiated the repair of many one-room schoolhouses.  

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton  &

Susan B. Anthony

THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

The first women’s suffrage organizations were created in 1869. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), after the first ever U.S. women's rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention, was held in 1848.  

Approximately 300 activists (both male and female) attended the convention to discuss the goals and strategies of achieving political and social equality for women. During the 1870s, suffragists (women’s suffrage activists) began attempting to vote at polling places and filing lawsuits when their attempts were rejected. This drew attention to the women’s rights movement, particularly after Susan B. Anthony was arrested and put on trial for voting in the 1872 presidential election. Suffragists hoped that the lawsuits would work their way up to the Supreme Court, and that the justices would declare that women had a constitutional right to vote. 

In January of 1878, Republican Senator Aaron A. Sargent of California formally introduced in the Senate a constitutional amendment to guarantee women the vote. The bill hesitated in committee until it was up for a vote in 1887, and was defeated. In 1914, another constitutional women's rights bill came to a vote, and was once again, defeated. 

The following year, Carrie Chapman Catt, the successor of Susan B. Anthony, (the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1900)  launched an effort to connect the strategy for female suffrage to the US war effort in the WWI. Though many of her fellow suffragists were considered anti-war, Catt made the controversial decision to support the war and to thereby link the women’s suffrage movement to patriotism. The idea was a success and in his 1918 State of the Union address, President Woodrow Wilson declared his support for female enfranchisement.

On August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, which guaranteed the right to vote to all US citizens regardless of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment represented a major victory and a turning point in the women’s rights movement, leading us to where we are today.