Centennial Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.  Ohioans and Repubican women in Ohio played a big part in the suffrage movement. 

Celebrate Republican women and the strength we have shown over the past 100 years.


Commemorate the living legacy of women rights achieved by Ohio women and men who engineered the largest expansion of voting rights in American history
Marching with Ohio Republican Women on the road from 2018 to 2020 
Illuminate and preserve a critical part of Ohio history of women
Recognize the achievements of the Present Ohio women
Work to empower the FUTURE Ohio generation of women
Develop an Ohio historical trail of women’s voting rights

Ohio Republican Women’s Gallery

The first six women voted to the General Assembly in Ohio were all Republicans.

First woman legislator to have a bill enacted into law

First woman to serve in both chambers of the Ohio Legislature

First Ohio woman to receive a nomination for the State Senate

First woman from Lucas County to be elected to the Ohio House of Representatives

First woman member to temporarily preside over the chamber when asked to do so by the House Speaker

Chaired three of her six committee assignments in the Senate and she authored three bills which became law

Ohio Republican woman are still leading the way.


Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Katja von Garnier. The film stars Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O’Connor as activist Lucy Burns, Julia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt.

The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910s and follows women’s suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective nonviolent strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. 

  • This year marks an important anniversary in Ohio’s political history. It is time to explore what can we do to bring this part of Ohio’s political history forefront. Our efforts should be aimed at helping the Republican Party increase female support and can also be instrumental in the 2018 statewide races and the 2020 Presidential race.  This effort should be a joint undertaking of counties and statewide organizations. A multi-year campaign will document the incredible journey of women’s suffrage.  To underscore the importance of the female vote: the first time women voters cast ballots in 1920; Ohio Republican Warren Harding was elected to the White House. His victory was attributed to women voters. It took 74 years for women to move from the back of Ohio’s legislative chambers to the front when Jo Ann Davidson was sworn in as Ohio’s first and only female Speaker of the Ohio House of

  • By Sarah Brown and Jane Vignos The following was a speech was wrtiten in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Suffrage for women. It was given by Sarah and Jane all over the state of Ohio. It is difficult to believe there was a time in this country when women could not vote and that it was only 77 years ago. It took a long time to achieve the vote for women and most of us have forgotten the sacrifices it took to win.  That's a pity because it is a great story, one that begins on the eve of the American Revolution. When John Adams, later our second president, was helping form a new code of laws, his wife Abigail wrote to him, "I desire you would remember the ladies...We will not hold ourselves bound to obey any laws in which we have not voice or representation." Her cry fell

  • The struggle for women rights was first noted during the American Revolution but it did not come to recognition until the Seneca Falls, New York Women’s Convention in 1848. Then the suffrage movement gained momentum in Ohio. Ohio now became a battleground for women with major meetings taking place. In 1850, a convention was held in Salem, Ohio and it then took on a life of its own with a meeting held in Akron in 1851. Frances Dana Barker Gage organized the Akron convention that escalated the fight for women’s rights and she led the next major National Woman’s Rights Convention held in Cleveland in 1853. Martha Coffin Wright presided over the 1855 women’s rights convention held in Cincinnati. By 1869 the American Suffrage Association formed by Lucy Stone and other conservative activists who went to work exclusively for women’s suffrage, focused on amending individual State Constitutions. From 1871 to

  • “Take Me Out to the ballgame” & WOMEN VOTING What was the original meaning of the song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and why was it written?  In the early 1900’s women were presumed not to want to go to baseball games but would prefer to be safe at home.   Baseball was a man’s game and women were just not welcome at the games! The baseball’s anthem (“Take Me Out To The Ballgame”) tells a story about a woman’s desire to share equally in the baseball experience-a woman names Katie Casey who wanted to root, cheer, eat Cracker Jacks in the grandstand with the crowd and fully engage in the spectacle before her. Composed in 1908, Jack Norworth wrote the lyrics for the song, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.  According to the Library of Congress the character of Katie Casey may have been inspired by Norworth’ s

  • The famous speech delivered by freed slave Sojourner Truth in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio. "Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about? That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a

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