Washington was the first state in the 20th century and the fifth state in the Union to enact women’s suffrage. Washington women’s success in 1910 helped inspire the campaign that culminated in passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, when women won the right to vote nationally.
The victory in 1910 was an important culmination of the fight for the rights of women as citizens but only the beginning of over a century of women’s activism to shape Washington. After the 1910, women had new tools to continue the reforms they had begun earlier, leading to some other important victories, such as the election of a woman mayor in the city of Seattle in 1926 (see our post about Bertha Knight Landes).
In celebration, here’s an awesome re-envisioning of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance as the tale of women’s suffrage:
You can read more about the fight for voting rights in Washington state here.