Cover of program for the National American Woman Suffrage Association procession, 1913. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. 

Before 1920, the United States Constitution did not guarantee women the right to vote. In 1848, the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. Gaining widespread attention, the conversation about women’s rights and suffrage began to spread. There was a need and desire for change and social reform. It took almost 70 years from that first convention in Seneca Falls, New York, to the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution. Women across the country organized state franchise leagues to campaign for the right to vote.

Formed by women of the Muncie community, the Woman’s Franchise League of Indiana campaigned for a partial suffrage bill in 1917. These women educated themselves and other members of their community on their voting rights and aided in organizing other woman’s franchise groups through Delaware County. 

This exhibit features digitized archival material from the Stoeckel Archives of Local History at Ball State University Libraries, the Indiana State Library, and the Indiana State Archives. 

League of Women Voters Muncie, Indiana, circa, 1960s. League of Women Voters records and photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.