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The Road to Women's Voting Rights in North Dakota


August 24, 2020

Gov. Lynn Frazier signed two Women Suffrage bills into law in January 1917, surrounded by North Dakota suffragists. North Dakota women had to wait for full voting rights until the 19th Amendment was ratified in August 1920. (State Historical Society of ND A5262-00001)

Women, like all citizens, have always had the RIGHT to vote, but they lacked legal access to the ballot. The notion that laws restricting women's civic rights should be changed emerged from the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848. The movement became infused over the ensuing 72 years with arguments about women's roles, the promise of the nation's founding documents, and...

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