Votes For Women Map
1919 Victory Map for Womens Suffrage.
The women's suffrage movement began in Oklahoma Territory when the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) formed in 1890. Prohibitionist women wanted the vote so that they could be more effective in their temperance work. However, by 1893 Oklahoma women had achieved the franchise in school elections only. Finally, on November 5, 1918, Oklahomans approved State Question 97, which extended suffrage to women. A ratification committee, chaired by Katherine Pierce of Oklahoma City, helped ensure passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the state legislature. When Oklahoma ratified the Nineteenth Amendment on February 28, 1920, the Oklahoma Woman's Suffrage Association disbanded and the state's League of Women Voters formed.