August 18th

August 18th

On this day in 1920, women were given the right to vote in the United States of America.

It was on this day that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, and it reads:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied of abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

While the amendment was first introduced in 1878, it would take 42 years to acquire the 3 quarters of American State legislatures to pass it.

Few women that started the movement were alive to see it passed, and somewhat ironically, there were no women present at the signing.

Author’s note – I’d like to thank Mrs Banks from Mary Poppins, for teaching us all the importance of the women’s suffrage movement from the age of 4 and onwards.


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