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In 1920, with the Nineteenth Amendment, women gained the right to vote in national elections.

In 1920, with the Nineteenth Amendment, women gained the right to vote in national elections.

Culver Pictures

In 1920, with the Nineteenth Amendment, women gained the right to vote in national elections.

Images of the Era: 1913-1945

Most Americans greeted the 20th century with optimism. The early decades saw economic growth and the expansion of democracy as women gained the vote. But two world wars, the Great Depression, and the nuclear age later tested such confidence.