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Virginia Minor. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Not So Minor: Supreme Court Denies Women’s Right to Vote

In Missouri, Virginia Minor was an early proponent of women’s right to vote. She had been the first president of the Woman Suffrage Association of Missouri in 1867—two years before Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton established the National Woman Suffrage Association. Minor wanted to vote in the national election in 1872, but St. Louis registrar Reese Happersett would not let her register to vote. Minor sued, but in Minor v. Happersett, 88 US 162 (1875), the Supreme Court ruled that no law conferred on women the right to vote. The Court pointed out at the outset of its opinion that the constitution and laws of Missouri limited voting to men. Virginia Minor died in 1894, never getting the right to vote for which she labored for decades. This presentation will also discuss coverture, the status a woman acquires through marriage under common law. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

Host Organizations

Missouri Humanities Council
State Historical Society of Missouri

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Event Contact Information

Dr. Monique Johnston
Missouri Humanities Council