WHAT IS WOMEN VOTE 100?

Women Vote 100 is a project designed to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in elections.

This is what we call “Women’s Suffrage.”

Believe it or not, some of the most fearless leaders of the women’s suffrage movement lived right here in Cumberland County!

Similarly, some of the movement’s fiercest protests took place right here in our beloved region South Jersey.

FACT CHECK

  • For well over half of this country’s history, women were denied the right to vote.
  • Women in the United States didn’t have the right to vote until 1920, not long before many of our grandparents were born.
  • Although it feels practically ancient, it really wasn’t very long ago that women were being discriminated against in this way.
  • Today, we recognize and celebrate the brave people who worked tirelessly to change the course of history.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1868, more than 50 years before they had the right to vote, 172 determined women from Vineland set up their very own ballot box and cast their votes in a general election!

After being inspired by speakers at Plum Street Hall, Portia Gage organized and led the 1868 women’s suffrage protest at Union Hall.

This was the first time ever that so many women had united to fight for women’s suffrage in one place, and it happened right here in Vineland.

A famous “Dress Reformer” who argued that women should be free to dress however they please.

Organized and led the very first “Anti-Fashion” protest in Vineland.

Oberlin Smith of Bridgeton, renowned engineer and inventor: Hosted multiple meetings of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and served as Vice President of the Men’s League for Women Suffrage.

L.D. Fellowes of Vineland: Collaborated with activists on the west coast.

Bessie Ayars Andrews of Greenwich: Wrote a series of articles promoting the cause.

Susan P. Fowler of Vineland: Dress Reformer who protested various taxes to legislators and media members.

Why does any of this matter?

Cumberland County wasn’t simply following the national trend of women fighting for the right to vote.
Instead, Cumberland County was setting the trend nearly half a century early.

 Women's Vote 100 initiative