19th Amendment Ratified a Century Ago Today!

Organized protest did not become a main tool of the movement until the 1900's, but some suffragists were performing acts of civil disobedience well before Paul or Burns entered the picture. In 1872, Susan B. Anthony, was arrested in Rochester, N.Y., for voting. She channeled her indignation into a speech the following year: "It is downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government."

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University