Women's History Month - March 23rd
The 19th Amendment was first drafted and introduced by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1878. It would be another 42 years before the amendment would be ratified by enough states to become law. The fight for women’s suffrage gained strength after the Civil War, when the Reconstruction Amendments (13-15) expanded voting rights to more American citizens, but did not hold true for women. The National American Woman Suffrage Association lobbied for women’s voting rights on a state-by-state basis, and other suffrage groups including the Equality League of Self-Supporting Women did activism to raise awareness of the issue. Ratification of the 19th Amendment occurred after Tennessee tipped the scale towards women’s suffrage. The bill was certified on August 26, 1920 and over 8 million women in the US voted for the first time on November 2nd of that year. It took over 60 years for all 50 states to ratify the 19th Amendment, with Mississippi being the last to do so in 1984.
“Organize, agitate, educate! must be our war cry” --Susan B. Anthony