November 8th, 2010 – the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in Washington – is fast approaching! In order to keep everyone up to speed on the upcoming celebration – or jubilation – we are writing a series of 19 blog posts with information about the suffrage movement in Washington. Do you have ancestors who were part of Washington’s women’s suffrage movement? Tell us your stories!
The year was 1854. Arthur A. Denny, a member of the first Washington Territorial Legislature, introduced an amendment for women’s suffrage to a pending voting bill. The amendment failed by only one vote! No doubt, this was rather disappointing. All was not lost, however, because we know the ending of this story is a happy one.
Photograph courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.