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19th Amendment 100th Anniversary

19th Amendment Collection - Celebrating the 100th anniversary!

How would you feel if you were denied some of the legal rights given to other citizens? "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" says the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, passed 100 years ago this August. Before the 19th Amendment was adopted on August 26, 1920 - 144 years after writing the Declaration of Independence and forming the United States - female Americans were not allowed to vote. The first Women's Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848 and launched the collective movement for women's suffrage (voting rights). A women's suffrage amendment was introduced in 1878, but it failed; it took 42 more years of picketing, protesting, marching, organizing, and otherwise pressuring the government to recognize a woman's right to vote for an amendment to pass.

Learn more about universal suffrage and what the National Park Service is doing in 2020 to honor the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment at wnpa.org/19th-amendment. Register to vote or learn about upcoming elections in your state at https://vote.gov.