Washington Territory gave women the right to vote on Nov. 23, 1883.

This cartoon heralds the first five states to grant women the right to vote: Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Washington.

Washington territory was the third territory to enfranchise women, before any state had done so, on November 23, 1883. Unfortunately, the courts invalidated Washington’s suffrage law in 1887.  The Washington Territorial Legislature quickly passed a new suffrage law on January 18, 1888, but it was also overturned within a few months. When, now as a state, Washington gave women the right to vote again on November 8, 1910, it would be the first in a wave of states giving women the right to vote during the 1910s, culminating in the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

To learn when American women across the United States were enfranchised, before or after the Nineteenth Amendment, see When did women in your state get the right to vote? Celebrate with us! Sign up for the Centennial Celebration Email List to get social media shareables on the day your state gave women the right to vote and on the anniversaries of other first wave feminism milestones.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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Washington Territory gave women the right to vote on Nov. 23, 1883.