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“Snapshots of History” Kansas Info

Kansas was the first state to hold a referendum on women’s suffrage in 1867. The referendum was defeated, but it inspired other states to hold similar referendums. Kansas recognized a woman’s right to vote in local elections in 1887. Kansas women still couldn’t participate in national elections, but could vote for town officials.

In 1912, Kansas recognized the right of women to vote. Kansas women could now vote in national elections. Kansas voted to ratify the 19th Amendment on June 16, 1919, securing the right to vote for women all over the country.

(Adapted from: https://www.nps.gov/articles/kansas-and-the-19th-amendment.htm)