woman suffrage


: possession and exercise of suffrage by women

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ushers in the First Methodist church could not find seats enough last night to accommodate all who went there to hear Susan B. Anthony and Rev. Anna Shaw speak on woman suffrage. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 Almost without exception, however, the returns during the morning showed majorities in favor of woman suffrage, and before night the indications are that the balance will stand well in favor of that amendment. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 If the present ratio of gain continues in the remaining precincts, woman suffrage will win by a majority of more than four thousand. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 The ratification effort to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to grant woman suffrage was defeated by popular vote in the 1915 election. USA Today, 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, 20 Feb. 2020 After all, the history of woman suffrage is not yet over. Ellen Carol Dubois, Time, 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, 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, 8 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woman suffrage was in 1846

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“Woman suffrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woman%20suffrage. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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