woman suffrage

noun

Definition of woman suffrage

: possession and exercise of suffrage by women

Examples of woman suffrage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ratification effort to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to grant woman suffrage was defeated by popular vote in the 1915 election. USA Today, "Who is your Woman of the Century?," 13 Aug. 2020 When the woman suffrage movement first began in the mid-19th century, its champions had all become human-rights activists in the searing fires of the abolitionist movement. Ellen Carol Dubois, Time, "American Women Won the Right to Vote After the Suffrage Movement Became More Diverse. That’s No Coincidence," 20 Feb. 2020 After all, the history of woman suffrage is not yet over. Ellen Carol Dubois, Time, "American Women Won the Right to Vote After the Suffrage Movement Became More Diverse. That’s No Coincidence," 20 Feb. 2020 Yet by the turn of the century, national woman suffrage had still not been secured, and political realities were making the constitutional enfranchisement of women a distant dream. Ellen Carol Dubois, Time, "American Women Won the Right to Vote After the Suffrage Movement Became More Diverse. That’s No Coincidence," 20 Feb. 2020 After the Civil War, the woman suffrage movement split into two separate organizations: the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) —a more radical group and the more mainstream American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). Nsenga K. Burton, USA TODAY, "These 19 black women fought for voting rights," 8 Feb. 2020 Let’s harness the energy and excitement of the woman suffrage centennial to improve and expand voting rights for all. Elaine Weiss, Time, "99 Years After Women’s Suffrage, the Fight for the Vote Continues," 26 Aug. 2019 The petulant pant suit is teaming up with Steven Spielberg, whoever that is, to produce a documentary on the woman suffrage movement. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Be nicer. It will drive your enemies nuts," 5 Aug. 2018 The group hopes to have their dream actualized by August 2020, the centennial of women suffrage in the United States. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "There Are No Female Statues in Central Park—and One Group Has Vowed to Change That," 29 June 2017

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Woman suffrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woman%20suffrage. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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