99 Years Since Women Won the Right to Vote in the USA

The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. Suffragette Alice Paul on a balcony when amendment was passed.

 

From the The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Cetrnet.”

A vocal leader of the twentieth century women’s suffrage movement, Alice Paul (Above on the balcony when the 19th amendment was ratified) advocated for and helped secure passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Paul next authored the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, which has yet to be adopted.

Celebrate! 

P.S. This quote is from an interview with Ralph Nader in The Sun Magazine, Dec. 2016

Most of the great changes in American society have started with just a few people. Five women in an upstate New York farmhouse in 1848 started the women’s suffrage movement. They didn’t live to see the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote, but they set it in motion

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