Suffrage: Struggle of the century: Statewide campaign celebrates suffrage centennial! Abigail Scott Duniway, who led Oregon's women's suffrage movement for more than four decades, holds a copy of The New Northwest in 1871. Duniway founded the weekly Portland newspaper as a vehicle to champion women's suffrage and other human rights causes.
Susan B. Anthony voted in the 1872 election in Rochester, NY. She was arrested and charged with voting illegally. The court official who recorded the charges had to add an “s” to the form, amending the document to read “she.” This necessary court edit encapsulates what Anthony was fighting: the lack of voting rights denied because—“being then and there a person of the female sex.” Anthony was found guilty and fined $100, which she never paid.
Ida B. Wells teamed up with white activist Bella Squire to found the Alpha Suffrage Club in 1913, believed to be the first black women's suffrage association in the United States. The club played a pivotal role in electing the first African-American alderman in Chicago in 1915, Oscar DePriest.