One woman did sue for the right to vote in America.
In 1872 Victoria Minor filed a suit in St. Louis, Missouri, when she was not allowed to register to vote.
Her case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Minor’s lawyers argued that women citizens should have the right to vote under the 14th Amendment, which forbids states from enforcing laws that “abridge the privileges and immunities of the citizens of the United States.”
The Court, however, did not agree that the vote was a privilege of citizenship.
This decision, announced in 1875, made it clear that women needed a new constitutional amendment to get the vote.