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Womens Rights Movement The first womens rights convention is held in Seneca Falls New York in 1948 After 2 days of discussion and debate 68 women and 32 men sign a Declaration of Sentiments which outlines grievances and sets the agenda for the womens rights movement In 1850 the first National Womens Rights Convention takes place in Worcester Mass attracting more than 1000 participants From then on national conventions are held yearly through 1860 Then in 1869 Susan B Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association The primary goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women by means of amendments to each states individual constitution Then on Dec 10th 1869 Wyoming passed the first womens suffrage law In the next year women started serving on juries In 1890 the National Women Suffrage Association and the American Women Suffrage Association merge to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association NAWSA As the movements largest organization NAWSA wage s state-by-state campaigns to obtain voting rights for women Colorado is the first state to adopt an amendment granting women the right to vote in 1893 Utah and Idaho follow in 1896 Washington State in 1910 California in 1911 Oregon Kansas and Arizona in 1912 Alaska and Illinois in 1913 Montana and Nevada in 1914 New York in 1917 Michigan South Dakota and Oklahoma in 1918 The National Association of Colored Women is formed in 1896 bringing together more than 100 black womens clubs Leaders in the black womens club movement include Josephine St Pierre Ruffin Mary Church Terrell and Anna Julia Cooper A major breakthrough in womens suffrage came when Martha Sanger opens the first US birth-control clinic in Brooklyn NY in 1916 Although the clinic was shut down 10 days later and Sanger is arrested she eventually wins support through the courts and opens another clinic in New York City in 1923 On august 26th 1920 Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby sig ns the
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