Determined women across the country fought hard for the right to vote. 100 years ago this year, the 19th Amendment was ratified and women were granted the right to vote. These incredible women deserve to be celebrated now and always for their hard work and perseverance. New Hampshire has a long history of empowered Republican women fighting for women's rights. Vesta Roy was the first woman to hold the position of president of a state senate and served as acting Governor in 1982, making her the first female Governor of New Hampshire. In 1996, Donna Sytek became the first female Speaker of the New Hampshire House.
New Hampshire Republicans have always been pro-woman. This year, 100+ Republican women are running to take back the New Hampshire House and the Senate the November. Celebrate with us and all proceeds will help support their efforts!
Scroll down to ready more about our history of women's suffrage in New Hampshire!
In August, President Trump issued a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony who was found guilty in 1873 for having illegally voted. So many women fought hard our women's rights and we cannot ever take them for granted. Every vote counts.
We are celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in the Live Free or Die State with three events: "Votes For Women" Picnic, "Pink Tea" Tea Party and our "Women's Rights" Reception! We'd love to see you at all of our events and help us celebrate this historic occasion and monumental achievement! Details below!
Honor this milestone accomplishment of women's rights and the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Celebrate New Hampshire Republican women with a note or advertisement in our Official 100 Years of Women's Suffrage Program Book! Sponsor one or all three events below and have your name, logo or a personal note honoring women in New Hampshire listed in our historic program book available at the "Pink Tea" and the "Women's Rights Reception"!
Individual tickets also available & women's suffrage history. Scroll down.
$100 - 100 Years of Suffrage Supporter Sponsorship - name listed in program
$150 - Pink Tea Giver - name listed in program
$250 - Friend to NH Republican Women Sponsorship -
1/4 page ad in program
$500 - Woman of the Mountain Sponsorship - 1/2 page ad in program
$1000 - Lilac Society Sponsorship - full page ad in program
$5000 - Gold Granite Contributor Sponsorship - center full page ad in program
If you'd prefer to mail a check: checks can be made out to "NHFRW PAC" and mailed to:
Donni Hodgkins, NHFRW Treasurer
39 Thornton Ferry Road 1
Amherst, NH 03031
According to longstanding New Hampshire tradition, on October 12, 1853, a frustrated US Representative Amos Tuck gathered a handful of people at the Squamscott Hotel in Exeter, NH with the purpose of establishing a new political party. His opposition to slavery had alienated Democrats, and these people agreed they would call themselves "Republicans." For more information on this, look for the book co-authored by Governor Huge Gregg, and New Hampshire Republican Woman, Georgi Hippauf, entitled, Birth of the Republican Party.
Just a year later, James Bell of Exeter ran as the Republican nominee for the office of New Hampshire Governor. His daughter, Lucy, was an impressionable sixteen year old. He did not win, but was elected as a Republican to the US Senate.It is clear that these events had a profound impact on young Lucy, who in 1892, became the first woman elected to the Exeter school board. Like many suffragist women of the time, she remained unmarried through her life. Married women could not own property in their own names or enter into contracts on their own behalf. Exeter remained a battle ground for the fledging movement. By 1909, more than three hundred women were listed as voting members of the school board meeting.
Another development was the alliance of the women's suffrage movement to the New Hampshire Women's Christian Temperance Union. This bond sealed the partnership of deeply religious women to more progressive proponents of women's suffrage.
Out of the roots of the anti-slavery and temperance movements comes another remarkable suffragette. Armenia S. White of Concord, NH, had already played an integral role in both of these organizations before founding the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association in 1868. She remained active until her death in 1916, aged 98. During her long service to this cause, she was privileged to bring such presenters as Lucy Stone, May Livermore, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Julia Ward Howe to her Concord home.
Many Republican Women were active during this suffrage movement, but one Republican Woman who has remained in the shadows of modern suffrage discussions is Marilla Ricker of Dover, NH. Like other suffragists, she made the claim that as property owner and tax payer, she was entitled to vote. She began attempting to vote in 1870, and showed up faithfully for the next five decades with that same claim. Marilla also studied law and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court in 1891. She attempted, unsuccessfully to fun for Congress, petition for an Ambassadorship to Colombia, and ultimately run for Governor of New Hampshire in 1910. She was unable to be listed on the ballot because she was not registered to vote, but ran anyway "to get people into the habit of thinking of women as governors."
On September 10, 1919, New Hampshire became the sixteenth state to ratify the 19th Amendment which ultimately granted women the right to vote.
If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering for one or more of these events, please click below and email us with your name and contact information so we can connect!VOLUNTEER FOR 100 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE EVENTS
Brief History Works Cited:
Rimkunas, Barbara. “Historically Speaking: NH Passes Women's Suffrage – 100 Years Ago.” Seacoastonline.com, Seacoastonline.com, 11 Sept. 2019, www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190911/historically-speaking-nh-passes-womens-suffrage--100-years-ago.
King, Wayne D. “When Hope & History Rhyme: Marilla Ricker Suffragist and Republican.” InDepthNH.org, 4 Sept. 2019, indepthnh.org/2019/09/04/when-hope-history-rhyme-marilla-ricker-suffragist-and-republican/.
“New Hampshire and the 19th Amendment (U.S. National Park Service).” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/articles/new-hampshire-and-the-19th-amendment.htm.