IMAGES Votes for Women

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 3, 2020
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, or Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3071, 

IMAGES Votes for Women

These images may be used for editorial purposes in magazines, newspapers and online to promote “Votes for Women” online exhibit launching Aug. 26, 2020 at

Credit should be given to the Minnesota Historical Society unless otherwise indicated. 

photo of march, 1914

Members of the Scandinavian Woman Suffrage Association marched alongside 2,000 other participants in a suffrage parade on May 2, 1914. This parade was held in Minneapolis with similar parades happening across the nation on the same day. 

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Votes for Women 1915 button

Promotional pieces, like this button which was worn in 1915, were worn by women and men who supported the suffrage movement.

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Anti-suffrage postcard 1920

Some Americans felt that women’s suffrage would be harmful for society. Anti-suffrage propaganda, such as this postcard dated 1920, envisioned a society where women abandoned their homes and families to vote, while men were left behind.

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photo of league women

In 1919, the National American Woman Suffrage Association reorganized as the American League of Women Voters to focus on teaching about citizenship and voting. Leagues sprang up across the country including in Minnesota. This photo, dated 1937, shows Mrs. C. H. Chalmers and Miss Nellie Merrill, preparing to donate League materials to the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Banner of Mpls Political Equality Club

Following the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 women across the country established their own women’s suffrage groups including the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (1881-1920) and its ally the Minneapolis Political Equality Club (1868-1920) with a banner shown here.

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Banners like this one from the St. Paul Political Equality Club about 1920 were used by members in parades and other public events. View more suffrage banners in our collections.

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Minnesota's ratification

Minnesota ratified the 19th Amendment on Sept. 8, 1919. Nearly a year later, on Aug. 18, 2020, Tennessee ratified the amendment, passing the three-fourths threshold for state ratification for an amendment to become law. The official anniversary is celebrated on Aug. 26, 1920, when the amendment was certified. 

Credit: U.S. House of Representatives. Committee on Woman Suffrage. 1917-1927, National Archives and Records Administration.

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Nellie Francis portrait

Nellie Francis of St. Paul used her vote to advance the rights of African Americans. She led the effort to enact a state anti-lynching statute in 1921. This image is from Who’s Who Among Minnesota Women compiled and published by Mary Dillon Foster, 1924. Read more with MNopedia

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Newspaper clip of Newbergh casting ballot, Aug. 27, 1920

Marguerite Newburgh casts her vote at 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 1920, in a special election in South St. Paul. Newburgh is widely believed to be the first woman in the United States to vote after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Credit: Dakota County Historical Society

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