The 19th Amendment Turns 100

Women voters make the difference in our elections, but it wasn’t always so. As strange as it may seem today, women weren’t allowed to vote in the U.S. until 1920. It took an Amendment to the Constitution.

This was the 19th amendment, which was passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.

“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. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

As a Presidential Proclamation in 1970 put it: “Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.”

Now, 100 years later, every U.S. politician wants to court women voters.

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