Women's Suffrage & The 19th Amendment

This template video overviews some of the decades-long struggle—in addition to the clashes within the movement—that led to achieving voting rights for women. 

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Video Transcription: Women's Suffrage & The 19th Amendment 

August 18, 2020 marks the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which prohibited the US government from denying citizens a right to vote on the basis of sex. The 19th amendment has long been considered a major milestone in the history of US democracy for granting American women the right to vote.

While today, we may take the civil liberty for granted. It's important to acknowledge the decades of struggle and activism as well as the history of racism within the suffrage movement.

Getting the amendment through Congress was a major feat. On top of the fact that both dominant political parties resisted women's suffrage for decades, there are also fundamental clashes within the movement, which focused on the right of white women to vote to the point of intentionally excluding the rights of women of color in 1919.

After over 70 years of suffragists' lobbying, picketing, marching, and protesting the House of Representatives approved an amendment written by Susan B Anthony guaranteeing women's enfranchisement. The Senate followed suit and the amendment was soon after ratified by the states in August 1920.

While the state marked an important turning point, many women of color, including southern black women continue to be disenfranchised until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which aimed to prohibit racial discrimination in voting.

Today more than 68 million women vote in US elections thanks to the work of thousands of brave suffragists who refused to give up on the right to voting equality though women's rights in America have come a long way.

We still have a long ways to go. And there are still many more battles to be won join us in celebrating this historic anniversary while also looking towards the future of the women's movement.

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