In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote, the Plainville Historical Society presents a new virtual exhibit at plainvillehistoricalsociety.com. “Connecticut Women and the Right to Vote" tells the story of the state suffrage movement from its early days after the founding of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association (CWSA) in 1869 until 1920 when women achieved full voting rights. It’s a story of hard work and perseverance on the part of some remarkable women who held steadfast to their goal of voting equality.
The exhibit incorporates many photographs and other visuals. A special feature is the inclusion of “Plainville Connections” to statewide events that unfolded during these years.
So much of this local history has been long forgotten. From the founding of the CWSA and Susan B. Anthony speaking tours in the 1800s to suffrage meetings and voting registration in the early 1900s, the exhibit highlights how Plainville fit into the historical picture.
It also tells about how things went on Election Day 1920 when Plainville women turned out for the first time to vote for state and federal offices.