Wisconsin Women Vote
The campaign for women’s voting rights at the national level began in July 1848 when suffragists convened in Seneca Falls, New York. Considered one of the largest reform movements in United States history, the struggle for women’s suffrage would last more than seven decades, leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and its successful ratification by the states on August 18, 1920. U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification on August 26, 1920.
Wisconsin played a pivotal role in this movement as the first state to officially ratify the 19th Amendment on June 10, 1919.
In the summer of 2020, PBS Wisconsin joined the nation in commemorating the centennial of this landmark moment — emphasizing its complexity, contradictions and connections to historical and contemporary struggles for voting rights, equal rights, Indigenous rights, civil rights, free and fair elections, and the diverse representation of women and gender nonconforming people at all levels of government.
This page hosts a collection of PBS and PBS Wisconsin on-demand programming, as well as educational resources commemorating the Suffrage Centennial and the trailblazing women and allies who sacrifice and sustain wide-ranging struggles for equality and justice today.
Wisconsin Voter Stories
PBS Summer 2020: Trailblazing Women
Wisconsin Public Media News: Suffrage Centennial
Exclusions and Untold Stories of Suffrage
PBS Wisconsin Education and PBS Learning Media
The Equal Rights Amendment
NATIONAL RESOURCES TO CELEBRATE THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL
WISCONSIN RESOURCES TO CELEBRATE THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL
A bibliography compiled by UW-Madison librarians for further research on Wisconsin’s ratification of the 19th Amendment.