Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony spoke for
women's suffrage in Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish on November 2 and 3,
1890. The next day South Dakota voted against an amendment to the
South Dakota Constitution granting women the right to vote.
Wyoming had already granted women the right to vote in 1889; South
Dakota did so in 1918, a year before Congress passed the 19th
Amendment to the United States Constitution. It was ratified in 1920.
In 1938 Gladys Pyle (Mrs. John) was elected to fill the
unexpired term in the United States Senate left by the death of Peter
Norbeck. She was the fifth woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. In 1948
Vera Bushfield also represented South Dakota in the U.S. Senate.