U. S. Government: Democracy In Action

Chapter 17: Elections and Voting

Student Web Activity

"Women's Suffrage"

In this chapter you learned about election campaigns, factors that influence voters, and the historical expansion of voting rights. For many years, some Americans were denied the right to vote, including women and African Americans. In this activity you will examine more closely the history of women's suffrage.

Destination Title: Seeking the Right to Vote

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Start at the Seeking the Right to Vote Web site.

  • Click on each of the four subtopics under the heading "Seeking the Right to Vote" in the menu on the right of the screen.
  • Read through the information under each topic, taking notes as you go.

After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.

What factors led to the birth of the women's suffrage movement?
In 1869 suffragists formed two national organizations to work toward women's right to vote. What were the two organizations, and how were they different from each other?
Which suffragist is sometimes called the "mother of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution"? What were some of her other accomplishments?
What is the League of Women Voters, and what is its goal?
Use a large sheet of paper or a poster board to construct a time line highlighting the major events in the women's suffrage movement. Conduct additional research if necessary, and include pictures or illustrations to make your time line more interesting.
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