Map Of Montreal for Before the beginning of World War I, women demanding the right of suffrage were common on American streets, but the war seemed to make criticizing the government unpatriotic. Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 1947), the leader of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), encouraged the suffragettes to support both the war effort and women’s suffrage. NAWSA sponsored a hospital in France, and members began knitting socks, raising and canning food, selling Liberty Bonds, and working for the Red Cross. Their hard work paid off when the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920, granting women the right to vote. World War I did not bring larger numbers of women into the work force (around one million), but it did change the kinds of jobs that women were doing. In fact, after the war, daily newspapers published an open letter to women from the government thanking them for working beyond their natural capacities in the war effort. While most women returned to their homes after the war, the general perceptions of women’s roles in society had been altered. Map Of Montreal 2016.