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July 29, 2020 Feature

Pioneers of the Nineteenth Amendment in Pennsylvania

By Judge Stephanie Domitrovich

In 1718, Hannah Penn1 led the women’s suffrage movement in Pennsylvania for equal rights of women. She did so while serving as proprietary ruler over the Pennsylvania colony after the demise of her husband, William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.2 Philadelphia became the largest city and Pennsylvania became “by far the largest state in which women had not previously had the right to vote.”3

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