Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington

By Shanna Stevenson

Women's Votes, Women's Voices is a story about women speaking out and organizing for change. Washington women first achieved the right to vote in the 1880's, only to have it snatched away by a court decision. It took them until 1910 to persuade Washington men to pass an amendment to the state constitution that gave women permanent voting rights. As the fifth state in the union to enact such legislation, Washington's action was pivotal in revitalizing the national women's suffrage movement, and its women played an important role in advocating for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which in 1920 ensured women's voting rights nationally.

But the story doesn't end there. From 1910 onward, Washington women used their voice in government to address the concerns of women, children, and families, and to carry on the fight for equal rights, a struggle that continues today.

The most complete, comprehensive summary of the Washington women's suffrage movement to date, Women's Votes, Women's Voices is profusely illustrated and includes vignettes on many of the state's most active female leaders.

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