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Suffrage Word Search

By Heather Lodge

One hundred years ago the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was signed, giving women the right to vote.

In our exhibit, An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial, we look at the long road women took to gain that right.

This word search was made to be done in the gallery, allowing players to learn the hidden terms as they engaged with the exhibit. For those doing the word search at home, a brief explanation of terms and people follows. 

Key Terms

Suffrage: The right to vote in political elections

Suffragist: A person who works towards suffrage, either for themselves or others

Amendment: A change to an existing law

19th Amendment: The change made to the U. S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote

Ballot: A piece of paper used to cast a secret vote

Petition: A request for something to be done; often written out and signed by each petitioner, presented to those who have the power to grant the request, often the government

Seneca Falls: The New York town where the first major gathering for women’s rights, the Seneca Falls Convention, took place

Bicycle: A key tool in the women’s rights movement, as it gave women a new ability to travel

Purple, White, and Gold: The colors that represented the suffrage movement in the United States

Key People

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An important women’s rights leader and co-organizer of the Seneca Falls Convention

Susan B. Anthony: An important woman’s rights leader and famous speaker

Ida B. Wells: An important African American women’s rights leader and journalist

Constant Holley MacRae: Greenwich resident; owner/manager of the Bush-Holley House (which was an inn for artists at the time); involved in local suffrage groups along with her husband, Elmer Livingston MacRae, and her daughter

Grace Gallatin Seton: Greenwich resident; vice-president then president of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association; author

Caroline Ruutz-Rees: Headmistress of Rosemary Hall, a girl’s academy in Greenwich from 1900-1971; helped the daughters of Constant Holley MacRae start a local chapter of the National Junior Suffrage Corps

By Heather Lodge

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