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amendment xix / women's equality day

note: this is my 500th blog entry

today the US marks the eighty-fourth anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US constitution. this amendment guarantees all american women the right to vote. achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman-suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, practised civil disobedience, were incarcerated, abused, force-fed and lost their lives to achieve what many americans considered too radical a change of the constitution. few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.

«on women's equality day, the league of women voters empowers all voters to protect their right to vote».

view a photo of house joint resolution 1 proposing the 19th amendment to the states here. visit the brilliant site of the US national archives to learn more about our charters of freedom.