Women’s Suffrage

1995 78¢ Alice Paul stamp
January 11, 1885

Birth of Alice Paul

Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  Paul was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, staging protests and parades to gain support for the right to vote. 

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1986 17¢ Great Americans: Belva Ann Lockwood stamp
November 30, 1880

Belva Lockwood Argues Before Supreme Court

On November 30, 1880, Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the US Supreme Court. She was the first female member of the US Supreme Court Bar and paved the way for future female lawyers.

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1990 25¢ Literary Arts: Marianne Moore stamp
November 15, 1887

Birth of Marianne Moore

Marianne Craig Moore was born on November 15, 1887, in Kirkwood, Missouri.  Considered one of the greatest American female poets, Moore received several distinguished literary awards during her lifetime.

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1948 3¢ Progress of Women stamp
November 12, 1815

Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York.  She was a leader of the women’s rights movement and the driving force behind the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.

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1968 50¢ Lucy Stone stamp
August 13, 1818

Birth of Lucy Stone

Abolitionist and Suffragist Lucy Stone was born on August 13, 1818, in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Stone dedicated her life to helping women receive the same rights as men. She was the first woman from her state to earn a college degree and is considered the “heart and soul” of the women’s rights movement.

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2009 Anna Julia Cooper stamp
August 10, 1858

Birth of Anna Julia Cooper

Author and activist Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was born on August 10, 1858, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She fought for education for women and African Americans and is often called the “Mother of Black Feminism.”

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1990 Ida B. Wells stamp
July 16, 1862

Birth of Ida B. Wells 

Ida Bell Wells was born July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, just before President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation.  Wells was an early leader in the Civil Rights and Women’s Suffrage movements, as well as a founder of the NAACP.  

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2001 Rose O'Neill stamp
June 25, 1874

Birth of Rose O’Neill

Illustrator and writer Rose Cecil O’Neill was born on June 25, 1874, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. O’Neill was the highest-paid female illustrator of her time, most famous for creating Kewpie, the most well-known cartoon character until Mickey Mouse.

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 US #1406 pictures suffragists on the left and a woman voting on the right.
August 26, 1920

The 19th Amendment 

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment went into effect, granting women’s suffrage.

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