June 4, 1919
Nineteenth Amendment Granting Women’s Suffrage was Sent to the States
Do you ever hear people talking about voting or elections? Could you imagine if only men could vote but women could not? More than likely, when your great grandmother was young, she wasn’t allowed to vote, even though your great grandfather could.
Today, your mother and grandmother can participate in electing public officials because of the hard work of a lot of women. More than eighty years ago, women were on their way to gaining the right to vote after Congress approved the women’s suffrage amendment. On June 4, 1919, Congress sent the potential amendment to the Constitution to the individual states for ratification, or approval. It took more than a year to complete ratification.
Once three-fourths of the states had ratified the 19th Amendment, women were granted the right to vote in 1920. A woman named Alice Paul, who had fought for suffrage, stitched the final star in a banner celebrating the victory of the suffrage movement. Women like Alice Paul were called suffragettes, and they fought for more than seventy years for the right to vote alongside men on Election Day.