The leaders of the women’s suffrage movement were frequently college graduates who came from upper-class and upper-middle-class families. Their lifestyles allowed them to dedicate a considerable amount of time to getting the vote. In the early years of the 20th century, these upper-class leaders of the movement began making a concerted effort to win the support of working-class women. Their efforts paid off when in 1918 the Connecticut Federation of Labor endorsed the 19th Amendment with only one dissenting vote.
Working women supported suffrage, but their need to work prevented them from actively participating in rallies, parades and meetings. Many simply could not afford to travel to Washington, D.C., to protest or to pay the fine they might incur if they were arrested. Their experiences as part of the suffrage movement differed greatly from those of wealthier women.