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Washington Women Lose Voting Rights

Legal challenges were brought against the 1883 law which granted women voting rights in Washington Territory as well as the right to serve on juries. The Washington Supreme Court ruled on February 3, 1887 that women could not serve on juries and declared the suffrage law unconstitutional. The Territorial Legislature tried again, this time excluding women from juries but restoring their right to vote. That law passed on January 16, 1888, but was again declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on November 14th of that same year, leaving women without a voice in territorial politics once again. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer ...