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Week 9, Fall 2019 Wednesday and Friday: Celebrating the Women's Suffrage Movement

"We must never forget the brave, bold women who ignored threats and danger to push us closer to a more perfect union and guarantee voting rights for women," said Barbara Mikulski Vice Chairwoman of the commission.

What Is the 19th Amendment?

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals mainly with women’s rights to vote. The text states that the right to vote shall “not be denied or abridge by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The amendment was originally introduced into Congress in 1878, but it was not ratified as an amendment until 1920 (it's only been 100 years!) Prior to its ratification, the U.S. constitution largely left the boundaries of suffrage (voting rights) undefined for women.

Who Supported the 19th Amendment?

Although the 19th amendment was met with much resistance, it passed on account of support from various political groups and persons of interest. For instance, Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive party supported the amendment and its provisions regarding women’s voting. Other famous people such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were known as suffragists, which are persons in support of voting rights for women.

Additionally, public and governmental support of the 19th Amendment can be seen in court cases like Leser v. Garnett (1922), which upheld the constitutionality of the 19th Amendment.

Visit http://www.womensvote100.org for information about the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.

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