The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which placed women’s voting rights in the United States Constitution. We invite you to engage with the resources gathered here to learn more about this topic. These include interviews with current leaders, activists, and scholars about Oregon women and the vote, barriers to women voting, the vote and social justice movements, and the importance of voting today. We also feature research about what diverse women in Oregon were doing in the era of ratification through the lens of primary sources such as historic newspapers and the 1920 Census. Visit these links or use the menu items at the top of this page for complete navigation.
January 14, 1920: Oregon Ratifies the Nineteenth Amendment
Oregon Women Protest for Suffrage: National Woman’s Party Members in Oregon and in Washington, D.C., 1917-1918
Oregon Women in the 1920 Census Born in Mexico
Documents Projects 2018
January 1920 Around Oregon
August 1920 and Women Across Oregon
Put Oregon on the Map! National Votes for Women Trail
Most Oregon women achieved the vote in 1912 and used the vote in a variety of ways. Oregon became the 25th state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment on January 14, 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.
For an overview of the history of woman suffrage in Oregon, a place to begin is Kimberly Jensen, “Woman Suffrage in Oregon,” Oregon Encyclopedia: https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/woman_suffrage_in_oregon/#.WrEd84Ih3q4