1920 — The Adoption of the 19th Amendment
The 19th Constitutional Amendment
1878 is the first time an amendment in support of women's suffrage was introduced in Congress. If it had passed, it would have been the 16th amendment...
Instead, it took 41 more years and the tenacity of some of history's most acclaimed activists before the 19th Amendment was passed by both houses of Congress in 1919. The next year, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified.
Each year, on August 26, we celebrate the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the U.S. and its states from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex (thereby recognizing the right of women to vote).
Remarkable American Activists
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony is America's foremost suffragette. She and Elizabeth Cody Stanton worked tirelessly for women's rights, including presenting the first version of a suffrage amendment to Congress in 1878. She died in 1906, before the fruits of her labor were finally born: the Susan B. Anthony Amendment; the 19th Amendment.
Elizabeth Cody Stanton
Elizabeth Cody Stanton was a stalwart for women's equality in the post-Civil War era. Her partnership with Susan B. Anthony proved to be the linchpin in a decades-long effort to push through women's rights legislation that was, at times, politically pitted against similar equal rights legislation for African Americans. Elizabeth Cody Stanton also passed away before the adoption of the 19th Amendment.
Lucretia Mott was a co-author of the Declaration of Sentiments, presented as a gender-equal version of the Declaration of Independence, in 1848. She was instrumental in organizing the Seneca Falls Convention (one of the first gatherings focused on women's equality) and a source of inspiration to both Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cody Stanton.
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