The women's suffrage movement was a decades long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States of America. August 18, 1920 the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified guaranteeing all American women the right to vote. From the very founding of the United States women were almost universally excluded from voting. The movement for women's suffrage started in the early 19th century during the agitation against slavery. Many women showed a keen interest in the anti-slavery movement and proved to be excellent public speakers on the matter. In July 1848 a convention to discuss the matter of women's rights met in Seneca Falls, New York. Another convention in Syracuse in 1852 put together suffragist leader Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, they would work together to lead the American suffragist movement for the next 50 years. Wyoming entered the union in 1890 and became the first state's constitution giving women the right to vote. In the next 25 years various individual states yielded to the movement demands. By 1918 women had earned equal suffrage with men in only 15 states. As World War I broke out the major role played by women broke down most of the remaining opposition to women's suffrage in the United States. By 1918 both major political parties were committed to women's suffrage and the amendment was carried by the necessary two thirds majority in both the House and Senate in January 1918 and June 1919 respectively. Poor women and women of color continued to be denied the right to vote in several states well into the 20th century.

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