History and Context
The history of the struggle for woman suffrage in the United States is one of slowly overcoming powerful forces that protected male privilege for centuries in nearly every aspect of life—politics, legal affairs, economics, and more. The path was filled with obstacles and there were numerous deadends, particularly for women of color. But suffrage leaders were nothing if not persistent. They poured countless hours into organizing, writing, lecturing, marching, and other activities to turn public opinion in their favor. These pages explore some of the factors and challenges related to winning the right to vote.