suf·frag·ist | \ˈsəf-ri-jist \

Definition of suffragist 

: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

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Read more about the Civil War here on Ida B. Wells Releases Southern Horrors (Oct. 26, 1892) Portrait of American journalist, suffragist and Progressive activist Ida Wells Barnett (1862 - 1931), 1890s. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Since the 1740s, rabble-rousers — rebellious colonists, abolitionists and suffragists among them — have met in the building’s Great Hall. New York Times, "Boston Grapples With Faneuil Hall, Named for a Slaveholder," 6 June 2018 While traveling around meadows, streams, and barns, audiences will hear the stories of a farmer, a poet, an immigrant, a suffragist, and others who resisted social and political oppression at different times and in different places. Terry Byrne,, "Jeremiah Kissel has a nose for playing characters like Cyrano," 11 July 2018 Image A grandmother had been a suffragist, and an uncle had been an economic adviser to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Joan Wile, a Grandmother Against the War in Iraq, Dies at 86," 23 May 2018 The Woman’s Hour shows suffragists doing the hard work of politics, including canvassing, lobbying and negotiating compromises. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage," 20 Mar. 2018 Small wonder that the American suffragist claims for her vote the most miraculous powers. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 But today’s reality was no more than a gleam in the eye of the suffragists who descended on Nashville, Tenn., in July 1920 for the climactic battle of the decades-long struggle to win the vote for women. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Woman’s Hour’ Review: Friends and Foes of the 19th Amendment," 21 June 2018 Some participants dressed as Edwardian suffragists or wore colored sashes. Jill Lawless,, "Events mark centenary of women’s vote in UK," 10 June 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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: a person in the past who worked to get voting rights for people who did not have them

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