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  • Alva Erskine Belmont (1853 - 1933)
    Alva Erskine Belmont Vanderbilt (Smith) Alva Belmont, née Alva Erskine Smith, and also known as Alva Vanderbilt from 1875-1896, was a prominent multi-millionaire American socialite and a ma...
  • Dr. Sophonisba Preston Breckenridge, JD, PhM, PhD (1866 - 1948)
    Dr. Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, JD, PhM, PhD
  • Madeline 'Madge' Breckinridge (McDowell) (1872 - 1920)
    Madeline 'Madge' Breckinridge (McDowell) Madeline McDowell Breckinridge was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement and one of Kentucky's leading Progressive reformers. She was also known a...
  • Margaret Sanger (1879 - 1966)
    Margaret Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and est...
  • Lydia Evans Willits (1913 - 2012)
    She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Willits Shipp of Malvern, and Lydia Willits Bartholomew of West Chester; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Lydia attended West Chester Frien...

A suffragette is/was an activist in a women's organizations, state or federal government, or an individuals who fought under the banner "Votes for Women," for women to have a constitutionally protected right to vote in free and public elections. In American English, they are known as "suffragists."

They largely lived in the United States and the United Kingdom, but came from all around the world. Some were active in the battle for women's right to vote as early 1800s; others worked to educate and enroll voters and for voting rights into the late 1900s and beyond.

Men and women, young and old, you may know some of them or perhaps parts of their histories. Some you may never have heard of before, but all deserve to have their stories told.