Texas Women’s Suffrage Movement

A family looks at the communication devices from the suffrage period of history.

Follow Minnie Fisher Cunningham’s fight for women’s right to vote in an exhibit commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment. A timeline of the suffrage movement is on hand to show you every step of the way of this hard-fought battle.

Also, learn about Maude Sampson’s campaign to join the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Sampson’s story highlights the concurrent struggle of African American women in becoming a part of the suffrage movement in America. Sampson grew up in Austin but spent her adult life in El Paso.

Suffrage continues today, and like the women of the past, there are many organizations that continue the fight for voting rights equality.

Meet Minnie

Minnie Fisher Cunningham Peppers Ghost

Visit Minnie Fisher Cunningham and hear directly from her about life after suffrage, including her run for a U.S. Senate seat.

Minnie’s father introduced her to politics by taking her to political meetings when she was quite young.

She earned a teaching certificate when she was 16 but changed her mind and became one of the first women to receive a degree in pharmacy in Texas.

Circumstances related to her employment led her to suffrage, and her life as an activist began.

She will tell you the whole story when you visit.

What a treat to hear from a true leader!

Visit the Sue S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall today or contact us for a guided tour.

We are part of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership in the Old Main Administration Building on the Texas Woman’s University campus. The Hall is on the entry level of the building, and accessible entryways are available on either end of the building.

Open 10 AM–4 PM Tuesday–Friday and by special appointment.
Closed on designated university holidays.

1210 Old Main Circle
Denton, Texas 76204

Limited parking is available in spots designated for the gallery just south of Old Main Circle on Old Main Circle Drive.

Page last updated 3:11 PM, January 3, 2024