Petitioning for the vote

5/26/1880

With this petition, men and women from Salem, Massachusetts, ask Congress to pass an amendment giving all citizens the right to vote, regardless of their sex. On May 26, 1880, this petition was forwarded to the committee on the Judiciary. Petitions like this one were widely used in the campaign for women’s voting rights. By using a petition, men and women from all walks of like could show their support for the cause and raise awareness for the suffrage movement.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U.S. Senate


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