On August 18, 1920 the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “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” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
America’s woman suffrage movement was founded in the mid 19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stantonand Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women’s rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared “it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” For proclaiming a woman’s right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women’s rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America. Read more »
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You can find a wealth of information on America’s women’s suffrage movement and other women’s rights topics in the Women & the Law (Peggy) Library in HeinOnline.
Released earlier in 2014, this collection contains nearly 500,000 pages of contemporary and historical works relating to women’s roles in society and the law. This library brings together books, biographies and periodicals in a truly unique collection of materials providing a platform to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.
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This work is published in six volumes and provides a history of women’s suffrage in the United States from the years 1848 to 1922. It was written by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, leaders of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
This work provides a bibliography on the debate of women’s suffrage and both affirmative and negative discussions. It was compiled in response for a high demand of material on the subject.
An interesting perspective on the anti-suffrage movement and a look at the views of many during the early stages. Includes speeches, campaign songs and material from both men and women figures.
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