Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 26, 1920

August 26, 1920. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote. Ninety years after, I am exercising the right to vote. I am proud to be a woman, and I am proud that I'm an election ready.
During the beginning of the twentieth century, as women's suffrage gained in popularity, suffragists were subject to arrests and many were jailed.
As the history goes, finally, despite President Woodrow Wilson's opposition, Congress passed what became, when it was ratified in 1920, the 19th Amendment which prohibited state and federal agencies from gender-based restrictions on voting. And this is what had been said in the Nineteen Amendment:
"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.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

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