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Women's History Month: Women Win the Right to Vote

March is Women's History Month

19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920.  This Amendment gave women the right to vote.  Although the amendment gave the right to vote to all women, due to obstacles such as poll taxes and literacy tests, mostly in the South, Black or African-American women were prevented from exercising their right to vote.  Native Americans who were denied citizenship and often required to show property ownership were also denied the right to vote.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 tried to clear the way for all Americans to vote.  Issues with voting continue today, especially for racial minorities.  Take a few moments to learn more about the 19th Amendment and the suffragettes who fought to win the vote for women.  

Famous Suffragettes Biographies

19th Amendment

Nine African-American women posed, standing, full length, with Nannie Burroughs holding banner reading, "Banner State Woman's National Baptist Convention" (1905-1915). Library of Congress, Lot 12572, https://www.loc.gov/item/93505051/

(1917) The first picket line - College day in the picket line. Washington D.C, 1917. Feb. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/97500299/.

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