Young women took on leadership roles in the women’s movement and introduced new tactics.
Instead of inviting women to sit quietly in large meeting halls, these women held large outdoors rallies to attract new women to the cause.
In 1908 some New York women went on a “trolley car campaign,” giving speeches at stops on the way to the state capital in Albany.
Similarly, Illinois suffragists organized a “Suffrage Special” train to the state capital in Springfield, where twenty-five women give three-minute pro-suffrage speeches to the legislature.
In 1906 Susan B. Anthony, then 86 years old, addressed the National American Woman Suffrage Association for the last time.
“Failure is impossible!” she declared.
Anthony had fought for more than fifty years for women’s suffrage, but she did not live to vote.