American flag flying under the text "United Equal Suffrage States of America"

Women's suffrage postcard, published by the Cargill Company, circa 1896-1910. Autry Museum; 2006.25.4

Women's Suffrage in the West

Resource Type
Grade Level:
6–8, 9–12, 12+
Social Studies
Women, Voting, Civil Rights

Whole Class Lesson

Students will learn the how the American West led the way in the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States. Students will investigate how the women’s right to vote was won in each of the western states. Students are encouraged to research current rights for women in the United States today.  


CA HSS: 8.6.6.
CA HSS: 8.8.3. 

CA HSS: 11.10.7.

Lesson and Resources

8th Grade Class Lesson:

11th Grade Class Lesson:

Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments 

Whole Class Distance Learning: Teacher reads off questions and students hold up their state card to the computer screen if their assigned state has information on the suffrage state card that helps to answer questions. Students will then share detail from their state suffrage card to share with the class to futher answer the questions.

Extension Lesson Ideas: Write a thank-you letter to a woman who has made an impact on your life. It could be a member of your family, a teacher, a coach, or someone you have never met. 

Associated Education Resources 

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
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