The 19th amendment of the United States Constitution stated, âthe 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.â
The Journey for Equal Rights at the Polls
Although the nineteenth amendment didnât pass until 1920, the womenâs suffrage movement began in June 1848 when the Liberty Party (composed of men) made womenâs rights a priority. This was the beginning of a 70-year struggle by women to secure the right to vote.
Slowly, states like Wyoming in 1869, and Utah in 1887, started to grant women the right to vote. By the beginning of the 20th century, womenâs suffrage continued to be an agenda, including efforts by the National Womenâs Party led by suffragist Alice Paul.
Womenâs Suffrage Movement Gains Momentum
In 1917, the movement moved to picket outside the White House. Paul and Lucy Burns led protests against the Woodrow Wilson Administration for over six months. On June 20, 1917, the women suffragists hung a banner that stated, âWe women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. TwentyÂ million women are denied the right to vote. President Wilson is the chief opponent of their national enfranchisement.”
Finally, Woodrow Wilson changed his position in 1918 to advocate womenâs suffrage. However, the key vote didnât occur until June 4, 1920 when the senate approved the amendment by 56 to 25. The nineteenth amendment was then ratified, prohibiting state or federal sex-based restrictions on voting.
Today, women can enjoy rights like voting or owning a home, thanks to the early trailblazers.
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