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Extending the Vote to Women

Begun in the mid-19th century, the women’s suffrage movement was eclipsed by the Civil War. When the Fifteenth Amendment ensured all citizens the right to vote regardless of race, it was not interpreted to include women. Suffrage leaders intensified their lobbying efforts on Congress. The Nineteenth Amendment, granting franchise to women, passed in 1919, with ratification completed in 1920.

3 Images Stanton’s Address to the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections View All Images
1 Image The Nineteenth Amendment, Passed by Congress, June 4, 1919 View All Images
1 Image Tennessee’s Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, August 18, 1920 View All Images