Rights for Women: The Suffrage Movement and Its Leaders

Women Who Led the Suffrage Movement

The woman suffrage movement leaders were brilliant political strategists who manipulated an intricate governmental system to achieve their goals. Movement leaders were part of a full-fledged, highly organized political movement with its own philosophers, organizers, strategists, lobbyists, fundraisers, propagandists and writers. Particularly after the turn of the 20th century, the movement functioned like a well-oiled machine, with each woman playing her own part, but contributing to the ultimate success of the whole. Like other successful political movements in the United States, suffrage had militant and moderate advocates – the militants, whose radical tactics pushed the envelope of what was socially tolerated, and the mainstream, who appeared moderate and rational by comparison. Both were necessary to the ultimate success of the movement, whose victory was accomplished without bloodshed.

List of leaders

Miriam Folline Leslie
Belva Ann Bennett McNall Lockwood
Anne Henrietta Martin
Katherine Dexter McCormick
Catherine Gouger Waugh McCulloch
Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris
Lucretia Coffin Mott
Maud Wood Park
Alice Stokes Paul
Jeanette Pickering Rankin
Ernestine Louise Siismondi Potowski Rose
Rose Schneiderman
Caroline Maria Seymour Severance
Anna Howard Shaw
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Lucy Stone
Mary Eliza Church Terrell
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Taylor Upton
Mabel Vernon
Angelina Grimke Weld
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
Sue Shelton White
Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
Victoria Claflin Woodhull
Maud Younger

Leaders by Category

Abolitionists
Civil Rights: Women's and African-American
Financiers
Labor Reformers
Lawyers
Lobbyists

Organizers
Pacifists
Philosophers
Strategists
Temperence Advocates
Writers and Publicists
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