Women's Rights Group
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     A group of women set up the South Dakota State Suffrage Association in Huron. It was shortly after South Dakota became a state. The women worked hard to teach people that women were equal to men. They tried to talk the male voters into giving them the right to vote. They also wanted to change laws about drinking and other things. At first they did not do well. They failed many times. When Mary Pyle became president of the association, she made some changes. She said the association should only work for votes for women. The other things could wait until they had the vote. She was a good planner. She held meetings with the legislature at the capitol in Pierre. The women talked with the lawmakers about their right to vote. The photograph shows a group of women on the capitol steps after such meetings. All the women's hard work paid off in 1918 when they won the right to vote in state elections.  Two years later, they could vote in national elections.