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1848

1858

  • Mary Jackman Colburn gave a lecture the "Rights and Wrongs of Woman" in Champlin, the first public lecture on women’s rights in Minnesota.

1869

  • The National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) founded in New York by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony on May 15, 1969. 
      • NWSA was a female lead organization which advocated for a constitutional amendment to secure the vote for women, supported a variety of reforms that aimed to make women equal members of society and opposed the Fifteenth Amendment due to its failure to include women.
      • Image iconConstitution of NWSAof Duluth served as a founding Vice President 
  • The American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) founded in Boston by by Lucy Stone, Henry Brown Blackwell, and Julia Ward Howe.  
      • AWSA focused solely on the vote to attract as many supporters as possible, included male leaders, pursued a state-by-state strategy and supported the Fifthteen Amendment.

1872

  • On November 5, 1872, Susan B Anthony and 7 other women voted in Rochester, New York in the 1872 Presidential Election 
  • Sojourner Truth was refused a ballot in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Susan B Anthony arrested on November 18, 1872 for illegal voting, successfully using her arrest and trial to bring attention to woman's suffrage

1875

  • Susan B. Anthony proposed wording for a US Constitutional Amendment 

1876

1878

  • The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was first introduced to the US Congress 

1881

  • The first state wide suffragist organization, the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA),  was founded in Hastings by 14 women, including including Harriet Bishop, Sarah Stearns, Dr. Mary Colburn and Julia B. Nelson.

1885

1887

  • On January 25, the US Senate took the first vote on woman suffrage, where it was defeated 34 to 16, with 25 members absent 

1890

  • On February 18, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was formed from a merger of National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) with the single goal of obtaining the right to vote for women 

1893

  • Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) made it first annual attempt to remove the word "male" from the state's voting requirements - the Minnesota Senate passed the bill but the bill was never voted on by the Minnesota House (Mar 16, 1893 Star Tribune article)

1897

  • Equal Suffrage National Conference held at First Baptist Church in Minneapolis 

1898

1901

1907

1911

  • On April 9, Anoka suffragist Dr. Flora Aldrich spoke in favor of women's suffrage in the Minneapolis Tribune 

1914

  • May 2 - Women' Suffrage Day - parades and rallys held in almost all states
  • May 2 - the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) sponored a silent suffragist parade with 2000 participants in Minneapolis, popularizing woman's suffrage in Minnesota.  
  • May 2 -  a large rally was held at Rice Park in St Paul for Women' Suffrage Day

1915

  • Suffrage was defeated by only one vote in the Minnesota Senate.

1916

  • National Woman's Party founded

1917

  • On May 2, Iowa minister Dr. Effie McCollum Jonesa field director for the National Woman Suffrage Association, spoke at Liberty Hall, Anoka but a suffragist society was not organized in Anoka due to poor attendance 
  • In January, the National Woman's Party began picketing outside the White House which lasted until the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919
      • Minnesotans Sarah Tarleton Colvin and Bertha Moller joined the picketing,  Moller was arrested 11 times and jailed twice, and Colvin, president of the Minnesota branch of the NWP, was jailed for five days after burning President Woodrow Wilson in effigy.

1918

  • Grace Randali, one of the founders of Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, visited Anoka to organize a Ratification Committee to advocate for the Nineteenth Amendment 

1919

  • In March, the National Woman Suffrage Association created the League of Women Voters as an Auxiliary
  • On March 20, Minnesota women were granted the right to vote for presidential electors
  • On September 8, 1919 Minnesota ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution which passed 120–6 in the House of Representatives and 60–5 in the Senate during a special session.
  • On October 29, Minnesota Women Suffrage Association reincorporated as League of Women Voters, Minnesota 

1920

  • On February 14, the National League of Women Voters became an independent organization
  • On April 21, National League of Women Voters chair, Mrs. Maud Wood Parker and State and District League officers visited Anoka to organize a local League in Anoka
  • On August 18, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the US Constitution using the exact words proposed by Susan B. Anthony in 1875
  • Anoka County League of Women Voters President, Mrs. Gus Peterson, quoted in the Anoka Union celebrating Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and encouraging women to vote
  • Anoka League of Women Voters conducted a one day political school for women voters at the Anoka County Fair
  • On November 2, 1920, women vote in the presidential election with women composing 40% of voters in Minnesota 

1921

  • Minnesota eliminated all gender qualification from jury service

1922

  • PDF iconMinnie Hill Beatty, future Charter Member of the Anoka League of Women Voters, served as first female election judge chair in her ward 

1923

  • Columbia Heights League of Women Voters founded

1924

  • Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 grants Native American women and men citizenship and the right to vote 

1935

  • Cecelia Keys, Charter Member of the Columbia Heights League of Women Voters, became a Member of the State Board of League of Women Voters 

1938

  • On May 18, Mary Hensler Spurzen held a tea, attended by 25 women, to permanently re-establish League of Women Voters in Anoka 

1940

  • League efforts resulted in city wide garbage collection for City of Anoka
  • League successfully raised funds for the Anoka Library
  • League established Future Voters Club at Anoka Junior and Senior High Schools
  • League held candidate meetings for all elections 

1954

  • League held forums for amendments to support revision of State Constitution 

1956

  • League lobbied for permanent registration of voters in the Anoka area 

1960

  • League observed United Nations Day by presenting a UN flag to Anoka High School 

1963

  • League established a Charter Commission to review the Charter of the City of Anoka 

1967

  • League member PDF iconZilla Way elected as the first female Anoka City Commissioner
  • League member PDF iconSusan Anderson began service on the Blaine Charter Commission
  • Blaine League of Women Voters published City Candidate Questionnaire in Blaine Life 

1969

  • Minnesota League of Women Voters 50th Anniversary
  • Cecelia Keys, former Suffragette and Charter Member of the Columbia Heights League of Women Voters, interviewed for 50th Anniversary in Sun newspaper
  • Blaine League of Women Voters studied the Rice Creek Watershed and published four articles in the Sun newspaper 

1973

1974

  • League sponsored "Ban the Can" recycling movement
  • National League of Women Voters welcomed men to full membership and Fred Strobel became the first man to join League in Anoka County 

1976

1979

  • Due to inability to find members willing to serve as officers, the League of Women Voters Blaine disbanded and members merged with League of Woman Voters  Anoka - Coon Rapids. 

1980

  • League of Woman Voters  Anoka - Coon Rapids officially name to League of Woman Voters  Anoka - Blaine - Coon Rapids (LWV-ABC). 

1982

1983

  • League recommended actions for a new correctional facility for women in Shakopee. 

1986-1987

  • League of Women Voters ABC and League of Women Voters Fridley created Booklets on Children's Issues 

1990

  • Efforts by LWV ABC member PDF iconSandra Shanley resulted in passage of permanent absentee ballot legislation in Minnesota 

1993

  • LWV ABC and Anoka-Hennepin District 11 sponsor education conversation with University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo 

2000

2002

  • LWV ABC held a forum on judicial independence/legislation 

2003

  • Fridley LWV hosted a city government budget cut discussion

2004

  • LWV ABC had a year long campaign to educate about hazardous household products. 

2007

  • LWV ABC began a local study on the availability of home health care options for seniors and disabled in the Anoka County area 

2011

  • LWV ABC helped obtain a volunteer coordinator position for Anoka County funded via the Minnesota Legacy Fund 

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