Session of the National Woman's Suffrage Association in Chicago, 1880
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Suffrage and the Women Behind It
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In 1920, American women voted for the first time, thanks to pro-suffrage activists such as Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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Suffrage leader Lucy Burns (1879-1966) was imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia, probably in November 1917, after she and others were arrested for picketing the White House in support of a federal amendment granting women the right to vote.
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
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May 14, 1943, marked the first anniversary of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). The Women's Army Corps, a U.S. army organization created during World War II to enlist women as auxiliaries for noncombatant duty in the U.S. army. Before 1943 it was known as the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. Its first director was Oveta Culp Hobby. During World War II, WACs served as medical technicians, cartography clerks, secretaries, and the like in the United States and in all the theaters of war. Almost 100,000 had joined the WAC by 1945. Enlistment ended with the war's end, and rapid demobilization followed. But by 1946 the War Department asked for reenlistments to meet shortages in army hospitals and personnel centers. In 1948 a bill was passed by Congress formally establishing the WAC within the regular army. The WAC was dissolved in 1978.
Meet Madam CJ Walker
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From her rough beginnings as an orphan, Madam CJ Walker went on to corner the market in black women's hair care and became the first self-made female millionaire.
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Feminists March on 50th Anniversary of 19th Amendment
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In August 1970, women's rights advocates staged rallies across the nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which granted suffrage to women. Participants show their solidarity in a group chant.
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Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote in national and local elections.Go
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