Women’s Suffrage, Wisconsin, and the 19th AmendmentLearning
Celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote
American Girl encourages girls to explore history and use their voices to make a difference—and celebrating women’s right to vote is an excellent way to further that goal. August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Here are some quick facts you can share with your girl to celebrate the anniversary together:
- Thirty-six states needed to ratify the 19th Amendment in order for it to be approved. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify on August 18, 1920, and women officially won the right to vote on August 26, 1920. It would take another 64 years for all states to ratify.
- The women’s suffrage movement wasn’t a completely unified one, and women of color often faced discrimination. From meetings to marches, African American activists, like Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell, fought for voting rights while also fighting racism. Despite the racial divisions, black suffragists were collective in their courage in the fight for equality.
- The first election U.S. women could vote in was the 1920 presidential election between Warren G. Harding and James Cox. Samantha would have been 25.
- Even after the ratification of the 19th amendment, many women of color continued to face voting barriers like poll taxes, literacy tests, and citizenship discrimination. It took several decades of continued activism to achieve milestones like the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting.
Events, exhibits, and celebrations marking the Women’s Suffrage Centennial are taking place across the country. To find out about activities celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment happening in your state, visit www.WomensVote100.org.
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