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National Women's Equality Day: Celebrating 100 years of women's right to vote

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Happy Women's Equality Day! Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But, did you know Oklahoma women had already gained the right to vote on Nov. 5, 1918, through a statewide election? Oklahoma became the 21st state to approve women suffrage.

Take a look back one century ago to see how women and their supporters gathered and fought for the 19th amendment.

All images are provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society unless where otherwise noted.

Here in Oklahoma

Here are some images from The Oklahoman Archives showing how The Oklahoman reported on the women's suffrage movement:

A look at how Oklahomans voted

Below are some vote tally maps the Oklahoma Historical Society discovered in a research paper written by Mattie Louise Ivie. The paper, titled "WOMAN SUFFRAGE IN OKLAHOMA 1890-1918," was submitted by Ivie for her master's degree in 1971:

Demonstrations

At the voting both

Parades and gatherings

Individuals

Alice Paul sews a suffrage flag:

Helen Gardener and Carrie Chapman Catt:

Laura Clay:

Kate Barnard:

Julia Bullard Nelson:

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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