suf·​frag·​ist | \ˈsəf-ri-jist \

Definition of suffragist 

: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

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This description certainly rings true for Montana, which was the first to send a woman to Congress in 1916, when voters elected suffragist Jeannette Rankin to the House. Li Zhou, Vox, "The first year every state sent a woman to Congress, in one map," 7 Nov. 2018 It was written in 1923 by fierce suffragist Alice Paul, and was passed by Congress at the height of the women’s liberation movement in 1972. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 When Anna died in 1882, Mr. Blight suggests, Douglass may already have become involved with yet another woman, Helen Pitts, a white suffragist 20 years his junior. John Stauffer, WSJ, "‘Frederick Douglass’ Review: His Tongue the Pen of God," 11 Oct. 2018 The monument, which will honor Stanton and fellow suffragist Susan B. Anthony, will be unveiled in August 2020, timed to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide. Harper's BAZAAR, "Monumental Women: Inside the Push for More Female Statues," 2 Oct. 2018 Even white suffragists, positioning themselves as more entitled to the vote than black men, invoked her name. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Dismissed as a forgery, could a mysterious stone found near Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ be real?," 5 July 2018 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

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of suffragist

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

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