Women’s Suffrage in the West – Nevada

Nevada was the last of the Far West states to embrace the right of women to vote before the Nineteenth Amendment spread the franchise nationwide. Suffrage activity there went into high gear in 1914. The legislature had passed a suffrage bill for two consecutive sessions, and in November the state’s male voters would decide. Proponents made sure voters understood that Nevada was late to the game. One of the pro-suffrage flyers featured a map with all of the full-suffrage states colored white. Nevada won the moniker as “the black spot” on the map because it was the only Far West state yet to pass full suffrage. A majority of male voters responded, extending the vote to Nevada women in November. This concluded a campaign as old as statehood itself.

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Travelling the vast empty spaces of Nevada to get out the vote. Anne Martin (r), Mabel Vernon (c); unnamed driver (l). University of Nevada Reno.

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