Tuesday, August 18, 2015

95 Years Ago the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Ninety-five years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a decades-long movement.
On Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, the last state needed to make the women's vote official. One week later, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby officially signed the amendment, and members of the National Women's Party immediately held a "jubilation" at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., a UPI article at the time said.
Several members of the party were present for the official ceremony, including Alice Paul, chairman of the party. They represented decades of women fighting for the right to vote since as early as 1840.

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