This page is devoted to providing information in advance of the 2020 Century Celebration of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The year 1920 marked the culmination of a decades-long struggle to expand voting rights to finally include the majority of citizens who had been denied the right to participate in elections since the founding of the United States.
Illinois was among the states where many leaders of the women's suffrage movement organized, strategized and successfully fought for the expansion of voting rights to include women, including electing women as early as 1894. Illinois was the first state to vote to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution and also voted prior to 1920 to include women in voting in various elections, including Congress and for President.
The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago will be promoting the Century Celebration of the 19th Amendment and will be working to promote events to mark this point in history in our nation's schools, civic organizations and historical institutions as well as mass media, social media and popular culture.
As part of that effort, this web page is devoted to sharing information on the history of the women's suffrage efforts in Illinois.
Powerpoint presentation: Promoting the Century Celebration of the 19th Amendment in Illinois, for the joint conference with the Illinois Association of County Clerks and the Association of Election Commissions of Illinois, Sept. 24, 2019 in Springfield, IL
Timelines, notes and links to information on the suffrage movement in Illinois
The story of Ellen Martin, the first Illinois woman to vote
History of women jailed, tortured in fight for vote -- with book list
Additional figures and events from the Illinois suffrage movement history (pages 559-593) can be found in the “History of Woman Suffrage, Volume 3," Chapter XLIII - Illinois, By Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage)
Brochure: Voting Primer for the 2020 Primary Election
Brochure: Voting At Age 17