A Voice of Her Own: SC Women in Politics – The Fall of Reconstruction and Rise of Jim Crow Created Missed Opportunities for Women’s Suffrage

Culminating 100 years ago with the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Women’s suffrage was considered the largest reform movement in United States history. It took decades.

However unfortunate but long standing cultural divides between Southern white and black women compromised South Carolina’s efforts for women’s suffrage. Therefore the period of time between Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement offered decades of missed opportunities for the women’s suffrage movement in South Carolina. 

By the early 1900s woman suffrage had become a mainstream issue in South Carolina, White women organized suffrage leagues around the state, but black women were excluded from those organizations. Many Southern women continued to be conflicted by traditional values.