The 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution:

"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."

Let us not forget!

Celebrating 100 years! In 1920, women in the United States gained the right to vote with the passage and ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18. It was a long and difficult journey .

One hundred years ago women had virtually no political voice. They had no way to get anything done on issues such as education, temperance and equality. In 1848 the quest for women's right to vote began. It was lead by Lucretia Coffin Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls New York at the Seneca Falls Convention. Support was garnered from men and women who worked diligently to secure equality for all. Though the amendment was eventually passed and gave women the right to  vote it did not break down barriers for ALL women to have a voice in government. It basically only secured the right for white women to vote. Other groups such as women of color, Asian and native Americans would be forced to continue to fight for the right to vote. 


"Any great change must expect opposition
because it shakes the very foundation 
of privilege"
~Lucretia Coffin Mott

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  1. Any Great Change: the Centennial of the 19th amendment exhibition celebrating the Women's right to vote is being held through Jan. 31, 2021at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000. atlantahistorycenter.com.

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