[noun] Someone who helped fight for women in the United States to have the right to vote. Wyoming was the first place in the U.S. to grant women the right to vote in 1869. Not until 1920 did the U.S. ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote throughout the United States.
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Ex: All women who now hold political office owe a debt to the suffragists who originally fought for the right to vote.