Toward securing women’s right to vote


This 1884 petition signed by 139 residents of Jefferson Township, Richland County, Ohio, requests that Ohio Congressman G.W. Geddes endorse—and influence fellow members to support—an amendment granting women the right to vote. Although the petition refers to the suffrage amendment as the 16th amendment, by 1920, when it eventually passed, the measure became the 19th amendment to the Constitution.

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