Marietta Matilda Bones was a suffragist in
what was once the Dakota Territory. In 1881 Bones was elected vice-president of
the National Woman Suffrage Association, representing the Dakota Territory. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony to
help expand the woman’s suffrage movement into the Territory. When women’s equality failed to be included
in the State’s constitutional convention, Marietta Bones petitioned both houses of Congress
to deny the Dakota’s admission to the union as a state. In 1889 the Dakota Territory was split into
North and South and both were admitted to the union. But women would have to wait until 1920, with
the passage of the 19th amendment, to secure the right to vote in those two states.