Some scholars suggest that the West proved to be more progressive in extending the vote to women, in part, because there were so few of them on the frontier. She popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States inand established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Photo: Library of Congress. The AWSA was better funded and the larger of the two groups, but it had only a regional reach. That women should be allowed to vote in elections was almost inconceivable to many.
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress, in Betty Friedan, the chairs of the various state Commissions on the Status of Women, and other feminists agreed to form a civil rights organization for women similar to the NAACP.
Like many other women reformers of the era, they both had been active in the abolitionist movement.