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They’d begun to question their subordinate role in society, rallied to improve women’s rights within marriage, and called for universal suffrage.

The seeds for women’s suffrage first grew among the abolitionists, with people such as Mott, Stanton, Douglass, and Sojourner Truth active in both causes.

Wells had faced off against lynch mobs in Tennessee and founded the first African-American women’s suffrage group in Chicago.

View Images The first major national suffrage event held in the U.S. was the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington, D.C., organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns for the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Known as the Silent Sentinels, the protesters were determined to shame President Woodrow Wilson into supporting a federal suffrage amendment.

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