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Women's Suffrage in Minnesota: Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates

Leaders in the Political Equality Club, c. 1915.



  • March 4, 1875: A constitutional amendment is passed in Minnesota allowing women to vote in school board elections, the first capacity in which women were able to vote in Minnesota.

  • 1881: The Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) is formed in Hastings.

  • October 1885: The annual convention of the American Woman Suffrage Association is held in Minneapolis.

  • March & April 1893: A women’s suffrage bill is almost passed in Minnesota. It is ratified by the house but did not have time to come before the senate before the legislative session ended.

  • Late April & early May 1914: Clara Ueland organizes a parade of over 2,000 women’s suffrage supporters in Minneapolis.

  • March 24, 1919: The Minnesota congress ratifies the 19th amendment.

  • October 1919: The Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association becomes the Minnesota League of Women Voters.

  • August 26, 1920: The 19th amendment goes into effect giving women across America the right to vote. 

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Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

The Minnesota Historical Society holds the world's largest collection of Minnesota newspapers, with dates ranging from 1849 to the present day.

Past issues of most newspaper titles are available on microfilm in the MNHS library, but there is also digital access to select newspapers

Use the links to the left to search for newspapers available at MNHS and to search within digitized newspaper collections.   

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
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