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“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”

Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution 

Series: Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789 - 2011General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 2006

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920 when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, the 19th Amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.

Read more at Prologue: Pieces of History

We have only had the right to vote for 95 years.

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