Women’s Suffrage

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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 US #3665 was part of a 2002 issue honoring pioneering female journalists.
May 5, 1864

Birth of Nellie Bly

Journalist Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864, in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania.

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1975 10¢ International Woman’s Year
March 8, 1914

Happy International Women’s Day 

On this day in 1914, International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 8.

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 US #2176 from the Great Americans Series. Click the image to order.
October 17, 1910

Death of Julia Ward Howe

Poet, author, and activist Julia Ward Howe died on October 17, 1910, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 

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 US #834 from the popular Prexies.  Click image to order.
July 4, 1872

Birth of Calvin Coolidge 

Future President John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1872.  He spent his early years in the New England town of Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

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 US #897 pictures the state seal, which includes a banner reading “Equal Rights.”
December 10, 1869

Wyoming Grants Women’s Suffrage 

On December 10, 1869, the Wyoming territory became the first government in the US to grant women the right to vote.

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