On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was:
ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The 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” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
Women were beaten, jailed, force fed, ridiculed, and constantly criticized for wanting the right to vote. We are the daughters of the women they couldn’t keep down. We are the daughters of the ones who never got to vote, but suffered and worked so that we could vote.
If you’re not already registered to vote, please do so NOW.
Maybe next we can work on passing the ERA.