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October 1920: Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Suffrage

Presented by the Hartford History Center

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Whether a woman could vote was directly tied to the status of her closest male relative. This was generally her father or her husband, even if they'd already passed away. If the father or husband was native born, or had been naturalized, the woman could register, provided she met the other criteria. It was possible that a woman who had been here a short time, but had married a citizen, could vote before a woman who immigrated earlier, but did not have a father or husband with citizenship. What if the woman was native born, but married a non-citizen? The Hartford registrars faced this on at least one occasion.


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The map below shows the locations of approximately 1300 women who registered to vote in 1920. This is a small portion of the nearly 14,000 who registered that October. From this data, you can see voters lived all over the City of Hartford.
Hartford residents in 1920 had been born all over the country, and around the world. One woman was even born on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, bound for the US!

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U.S. Virgin Islands


West Indies




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