On August 18, 1920 the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. It was an important milestone and won only after nearly a century of protest and activism by hundreds of thousands of women (and men). Unfortunately, due to Jim Crow laws in the South and restricted state laws in other parts of the country, too many people of color, including women, were still disenfranchised and would remain so until the passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Over the next few weeks and months we will be recounting some of the stories and milestones that led to women winning the vote. But the battle for equal rights for women is still not over. What will be your role in helping to make history?
Links to Suffrage Stories
US Timeline Recounting 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.
National Geographic recounts how the 1918-19 flu epidemic almost prevented the 19th Amendment from being ratified. The story should resonate with all activists in light of the upcoming 2020 election and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The role of Dutchess County women in helping to pass women’s suffrage compliments of the Dutchess County Historical Society.