Illinois became the first state east of the Mississippi where women could vote for president on June 26, 1913.

Virginia Brooks, Ida B. Wells, Bell Squire and other Illinois suffragists march in 1913.

Illinois became the first state east of the Mississippi where women could vote for president on June 26, 1913 (but women still didn’t have equal voting rights with men).

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?

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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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Illinois became the first state east of the Mississippi where women could vote for president on June 26, 1913.