Suffering MWSA Suffragettes
From 1881 to 1920, the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) struggled to secure women’s right to vote. The association’s members organized marches, wrote petitions and letters, gathered signatures, gave speeches, and published pamphlets in an effort to force the Minnesota legislature to recognize their right to vote. Between 1893 amendment, the movement placed women’s suffrage before the state legislature every session. Each time, the bill either died in committee or was defeated. In 1919 that Minnesota legislature finally recognized a women’s right to vote in presidential elections and ratified the Nineteenth Amendment. At the time the 30,000 women across the state officially belonged to local suffrage associations. After ratification the Minnesota Suffrage Association dissolved as a corporation and passed a resolution to transfer effects, funds, office supplies, equipment to the Minnesota League of Women Voters.