Men who Supported Women's Rights Quiz

In Honor of Father's Day

As we celebrate women in the United States winning the right to vote, we want to also acknowledge the men who worked for woman suffrage and who worked and are continuing to work for women's rights.

Men Who Supported Women's Rights Quiz

This 25 Question Quiz is a fun way to learn about some of the men who have supported women's rights.

In 1775, this Revolutionary-era patriot wrote an essay supporting women's rights. In An Occasional Letter on the Female Sex, he wrote, "[T]he women, almost -- without exception -- at all times and in all places, adored and oppressed.  Man, who has never neglected an opportunity of exerting his power..."

At a time when married women did not have any property rights, he introduced a bill to grant married women the right "to hold and control property" in the New York State Legislature in 1837.

This Quaker father was an important role-model for his famous daughter, and provided her with financial and moral support in her work for abolitionism and women's rights.

A Unitarian minister, he was one of the most a well-known abolitionist and reformers on the national scene. He preached the first women's rights sermon in 1845.

As early as 1847, as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, he supported women's right to vote; and in 1868 as a member of U.S. House of Representatives, he introduced a constitutional amendment conferring the right to vote on women.

The patriarch of one the wealthiest and most prominent Black families in Philadelphia, this 19th century activist used his considerable wealth to support progressive causes including abolitionism and women's rights.

One of the strongest voices for abolitionism, this free Black man attended the first women's rights conference in 1848 and supported the controversial issue of woman suffrage. He continued working for woman's suffrage throughout his life, including a speech at a women's rights conference on the day he died in 1895.

In 1850, as a member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention he was instrumental in securing to widows and married women control of their property, and later succeeded in passing a state law giving greater freedom to women in divorce.

He preached a sermon, Women's Right to Preach the Gospel, in 1853 at the ordination of Antoinette Brown, the first woman to be ordained a minister in the United States.

On February 26, 1861, this self-made man presented a college board with half of his fortune and a deed for 200 acres of land to be used to build one of the first women's colleges in the United States.

    A Cayuga chief, while addressing the New York Historical Society in 1866, he encouraged white men to use the occasion of Southern reconstruction to establish universal suffrage, "even of the women, as in his nation."

He helped draft the constitution of the feminist American Equal Rights Association in 1865, and served as vice-president of the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association. In 1868, he was co-editor with Elizabeth Cady Stanton of The Revolution, published by Susan B. Anthony.

 This man, who represented California in the U.S. Senate, introduced a joint resolution proposing an amendment that would enfranchise women on January 10, 1878.  He was good friends with both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

A Native American who served as director of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Science, he gave a brief argument for modern American women to consider in 1909: "...that the red woman that lived in New York state five hundred years ago had far more political rights and enjoyed a much wider liberty than the twentieth century woman of civilization. . . "

He helped found the Men's Equal Suffrage League in 1910 and was President of the Men's Equal Suffrage League of New York State when he delivered his famous commencement address at Bryn Mawr in 1913, titled Woman Suffrage and Why I Believe in It.

 To help women in California win the right to vote in 1911, this wealthy Pasadena banker founded the Political Equality League. He was very successful in recruiting prominent business men to join the California Woman Suffrage campaign which mobilized thousands of local supporters.

 In the 1920 U.S. presidential campaign leaflets addressed "To the Woman Voter" were distributed that praised this imprisoned Socialist Party presidential candidate for his long time commitment to women's rights including his support of votes for women, equal pay in the workplace, and a stance against the criminalization of prostitution.

In 1972, this world-famous singer-songwriter recorded a song with his wife that includes these lyrics:
    "We insult her every day on TV
    And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
    When she's young we kill her will to be free
    We put her down for begin dumb . . . "

A famous sport journalist, he wrote an article, "Why I Support the ERA" that appeared in the October 1975 issue of Ms.Magazine.

A poet and community organizer, he has been credited with creating the foundation for Chicano letters and literature. He wrote An Open Letter to Carolina, in which he reflected on relations between women and men from his perspective as a Chicano.

At the Equal Rights Amendment rally in Washington, DC in 1981, this award- winning actor gave an impassioned speech calling on the American people to take action to protect the rights of their daughters, wives, sisters and mothers by working to make the ERA the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution.

 A gender equity specialist since 1985, he has hosted a national anti-sexist men's conference, served on the board of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, and served as a volunteer at the Tucson Rape Crisis Center.

 Founder of the Woman Suffrage Media Project in 1993, he spent nearly 20 years researching and writing about the drive for equal rights, resulting in his landmark book, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement.

 A contemporary American sociologist, he is editor of Men and Masculinities, spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, and the co-author of Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the U.S., 1776-1990.

 This award-winning documentary film maker combines the art of the visual medium with an investigation of social issues. He received an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Short Subject for his first film, Sewing Women, an oral history of his mother testifying to her extraordinary tenacity, inner strength, and courage.


    Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737- June 8, 1809)
    Thomas Herttell (1771-1849)
    Daniel Anthony (1794-1862)
    Samuel Joseph May ( September 12, 1797-July 1, 1871)
    George Washington Julian(May 5, 1817-July 7, 1899)
    Robert Purvis (August 4, 1810-April 15, 1898)
    Frederick Douglass ( February 1818-February 20, 1895)
    Robert Dale Owen(1801-1877)
    Reverend Luther Lee (November 30, 1800-1889)
    Matthew Vassar (April 29, 1792-June 23, 1868)
    Dr. Peter Wilson, (1761-1837)
    Parker Pillsbury (September 22, 1809-July 7, 1898)
    Aaron A. Sargent (September 28, 1827-August 14, 1887)
    Arthur Caswell Parker (April 5, 1881-January 1, 1955)
    Max Eastman (January  4, 1883-March 25, 1969)
    John Hyde Braly ( 1839? - ?)
    Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926)
    John Lennon (October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980)
    Howard Cosell (March 25, 1918-April 23, 1995)
    Abelardo Delgado (1947- )
    Alan Alda (January 28, 1936)
    Timothy Wernette (1947-)
    Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. (November 27, 1950-)
    Michael Scott Kimmel(1951-)
    Arthur Dong (October 30, 1953-)

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