Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: Historical Connections

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"… we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."
— Abigail Adams in a letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776

Welcome! Use this timeline to explore the history of the women's suffrage movement, including its leaders, strategies, victories, setbacks and pioneering use of the First Amendment.

  • Click on an image to reveal text and see more photos, newspapers and videos from that event. Then browse using the forward and backward arrows, or click "Start Over" to return to a view of all events.
  • Use the filters to find events related to specific people or places.
  • As you read, look for the tags in parentheses to see how the movement and its opposition used freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition to advance their causes.
  • Check out the "Marching for Women's Rights" online exhibit to download primary sources seen in this timeline.

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