19th Amendment: Aftermath And Stories About When Women Got The Right To Vote

By | August 15, 2020

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Three unidentified women make history by becoming the first of their sex to vote in an election after the 19th Amendment was passed, San Francisco, California, late 1910s or early 1920s. (Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

After more than four decades of demonstrations, debates, and discussions, women in the United States finally won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed on August 18, 1920. It was a momentous event in the country and an important turning point for women. For the first 144 years of the United States, it was commonly thought, at least among the men in leadership roles, that women were too weak and delicate to worry their pretty heads about politics. Of course, we know that plenty of women, like Abigail Adams, were interested in politics and understood the power of American women.

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U.S. women won the right to vote after many other countries granted women's suffrage. (Associated Press)

Why Did It Take So Long?

Since the Constitutional Convention in 1787—when Abigail Adams implored her husband, John Adams, in a letter to "remember the ladies" when establishing the framework for the new country—women have sought to make their voices heard in the United States. While other nations were granting their fairer citizens voting rights, however, the U.S. lagged behind. The women's suffrage movement picked up steam after the Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848, but even some of the cause's staunchest supporters pumped the breaks to aid the abolitionists of the Civil War.