One hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in support of a 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which would give women the right to vote. The resolution was sent to the states and eventually was ratified in August 1920.
The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of women’s suffrage.
1. Although women would not win the vote nationally until the 20th century, from 1776-1807 single women who met property qualifications were eligible to vote under the constitution of which state?
A. Rhode Island
B. New Jersey
C. New York
2. The first national convention for women’s rights was held in 1848. In what city was it held?
A. Seneca Falls, N.Y.
B. Providence, R.I.
C. Wilmington, Del.
D. Lancaster, Pa.
3. Who was president of the United States when the 19th Amendment was ratified?
A. Warren Harding
B. Calvin Coolidge
C. Woodrow Wilson
D. William Howard Taft
4. How many states had granted women the right to vote in all state elections prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment?
5. How many states allowed women to vote in some, but not all, elections prior to the 19th Amendment’s ratification?
D. All states
6. Which state was the 36th state to vote in favor of the 19th Amendment, providing the three-fourths’ majority necessary for the amendment to become part of the Constitution?
7. Which famous suffragette said: “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union”?
A. Susan B. Anthony
B. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
C. Lucretia Mott
D. Lucy Stone
8. Which of the following women ran for president of the United States 48 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified?
A. Victoria Woodhull
B. Catherine Beecher
C. Clara Barton
D. Dorothea Dix
9. In 1917, members of the National Woman’s Party began protesting outside the White House in support of the 19th Amendment. What was the nickname of this group of women protesters?
A. American Heritage Girls
B. Daughters of the American Revolution
C. Mothers of the Movement
D. Silent Sentinels
10. Women were able to vote in many other countries before they were granted the franchise here. Which of the following countries had not granted women this right before the 19th Amendment was ratified?
Answers: 1-B, 2-A, 3-C, 4-C, 5-B, 6-D, 7-A, 8-A, 9-D, 10-B
Sarah Morgan Smith is director of faculty at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and general editor of Ashbrook’s Core Documents curriculum for middle and high school teachers. She wrote this for InsideSources.com.