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July 28 Lakewood Women Get the Vote Marker

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Side A: Lakewood Women Get The Vote. Women's suffrage--the right for women to vote--was part of the women's rights movement in the United States from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. In 1912 and 1914, women's suffrage was on the state ballot in Ohio. Both times, the issue failed statewide but passed in Lakewood. Led by Bernice Pyke, Lakewood women participated in the Suffrage Party of Greater Cleveland and gained support for their cause. Lakewood's City Council put the suffrage issue on the local ballot in 1917. The male voters of Lakewood passed it, allowing women to vote in municipal elections. In 1919, Ohio ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, which was added to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 and granted women the right to vote in all elections. The Lakewood League of Women Voters was chartered in 1922 and remains active a century later. Side B: same. same