When Women Lost the Vote


Millions of American women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which marked its centennial in 2020. But more than a century earlier, women and free people of color legally held the vote in New Jersey for more than thirty years.

Explore the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters in this cautionary tale about one of America’s first voting rights crises.

Learn how the American Revolutionary War shaped women’s political opportunities and activism. Examine the political conflicts that led to women’s voting writes being stripped away. Discover how the next generation of suffragists was inspired to resume the fight for women’s equality decades later.

This talk is inspired by the Museum of the American Revolution’s exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807. This virtual program is in partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.