Ohio Suffrage Centennial

Use this site to plan a trip, find and spread the word about events, and discover Ohio's connections to the 72-year fight for woman suffrage.

Postcard that says Let Ohio Women Vote

Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection
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OHIO PEOPLE AND PLACES

From north to south, east to west, Ohio played a crucial yet forgotten role in the struggle for woman suffrage, a 72-plus-year campaign that cost millions of dollars and to which generations of women dedicated their lives.

Did you know...

The 1848 National Convention of Black Freemen was the very first national convention to allow women's participation, and it was held in Cleveland?

The 1850 Ohio Women's Convention at Salem was the first convention to be run and organized entirely by women?

Sojourner Truth gave her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech in Akron, Ohio?

The governor who made Wyoming the first place in the US to extend equal suffrage to women had witnessed the 1850 Salem Convention as a teenager?

The first female candidate for president of the United States was born in Homer, Ohio?

Learn more about Ohio connections

Ohio Woman Suffrage Trip Ideas

Places to visit in Ohio to celebrate 100 years of women's right to vote.

Visit Victoria Woodhull's
Hometown

Homer, Ohio

Explore the Woodhull collection and historical marker at the Homer Public Library. Then, head south to the Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville to see the only US monument to her.

Take a Selfie
in Salem

Salem, Ohio

Get a picture with one of the historical markers for the 1850 Ohio Women's Convention at each of the four ways into town and visit the Salem Historical Society Museum.

Head to the
Harriet Taylor Upton House

Warren, Ohio

Visit the home and gardens of Ohio suffragist Harriet Taylor Upton, treasurer of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1903 to 1910. Check out the Suffrage Museum too.

Stop by the
Sojourner Truth Building

Akron, Ohio

Visit the site of Sojourner Truth's historic "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. The Old Stone Church where she spoke is gone, but this building stands on the same site and has a historical marker.

Are you planning an event in Ohio?

Share your event with a national audience! Post it on the Women' Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) national calendar. Share your 2019-2020 Ohio suffrage centennial year plans using the form on the WVCI website, and your event will be added to the central calendar and the designated regional centennial calendar.

Add your event now!

Fast Facts About the Women's Right to Vote

  • 72

    Years of activism to ratify 19A
    • 12

      Number of days for Ohio to ratify 19A
      • 6

        Ohio's place in the ratification order
        • 1984

          Year the last state ratified (Mississippi)

About the header image on this site

The header image on this site shows Miss Louise Hall (with brush) and Miss Susan Fitzgerald posting "Votes for Women" bills in Cincinnati in 1912.

Original image at Library of Congress website