AMENDMENT 19 The amendment that I chose to do my report on is the 19th amendment. This amendment guaranteed the voting right to all of the American woman. The victory of this amendment took decades to be passed. In August of 1995 marked the 75th anniversary of the ratification of this amendment.
The late American activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton once said, “The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history”. Years after Elizabeth played her role in the women’s suffrage movement, her relentless efforts finally paid off. The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was passed by Congress on June 4 1919 and at last ratified on August 18 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment goes on to say that, “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”. An almost century long struggle had officially ended, and women had ultimately achieved equality with men.
In 1848, the American women's rights movement started, during this movement, even though the leaders of the women’s rights advocated for the Reconstruction amendments , such as Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, these amendment did not promote women’s suffrage. In 1869, the writers of the nineteenth amendment, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony worked in the National Woman Suffrage Association while Lucy Stone led the American Woman Suffrage Association’s state-by-state battle for the vote. After that, the two groups united to form the National American Women Suffrage Association. This association aimed to secure voting rights for all American women (American memory, 2010). During World War I, women contributed significantly to the nation's war effort. As a result, many politicians began to realize that women could be an important source of votes, and then the United States Congress supported the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Finally, in 1920, women won the vote throughout the nation (Jone Johnson Lewis, 2008). In simple English, the Nineteenth Amendment states that Constitution cannot deny or abridge the citizens’ voting rights, regardless of the sex.
The women's suffrage party fought for years on the right to vote. They weren't going to stop until they got their right. For instance, Alice Paul organized a parade through Washington D.C. on inauguration day, which supported women's suffrage and also picketed the White House for 18 months. Paul was put in jail for that and started a hunger strike. Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Shanton supported the women's suffrage for fifty years later. Neither of them lived to see the 19th amendment ratified on August 26, 1920. The amendment was ratified under Wodrow Wilson as the President of the United States. Now with the 19th amendment, women have the right to own property, be employed, get an education, get a divorce, and get custody of children. They got all this with the right to vote. On August 26, 1995, It was the 75th anniversary of the 19th amendment. The women of the past showed the government that women weren't just meant for taking care of their husbands and children. In my opinion, what the women did in the past made the world a better place today for the women of the United States. 195 These are some of the important dates that happened during this period. Carrie Chapman Catt was the President of the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) for many years. In 1903, Mary Dreier, Rheta Childe, Leonora O'Reily formed the women's trade union league. In 1913, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns organized the Congressional Union. It was formally known as the NWP- Nationa...
The women’s suffrage movement was an uphill battle against the society of the United States. Many important people such as Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Ida B. Wells, lived for the fight to get their right to vote and some never actually lived to see the 19th amendment ratified into the constitution. The women’s suffrage movement affected many areas all around the United States. When the 19th amendment was added to the Constitution, women changed everything. They raised social expectations, they took economic roles, and they filled political positions.
Women weren’t treated fairly economically, socially or politically. They had no say in the government, couldn’t run for office, were continuously fighting for equality, and disputing for a new role in society. Once women got the vote, women’s economic roles in society increased greatly. They had more chances and opportunity to do what they wanted. There were more educational opportunities for women, which led to more women reaching their potential for meaningful professional careers. This was a huge success for women because it was such a big step from what it had been before. Politically, before they got the vote, women were fighting for the vote. They held protests and created organizations, so that they would gain the vote. Women were finally granted the vote on August 18, 1920 when congress passed the 19th amendment. ...
...ons of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to set back the movement more than once. But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, emancipating
The right of citizens of the United States to vote cannot be denied because of race or gender. Congress have power to apply this article by suitable legislation. The 19th Amendment promises American women will always have the right to vote. Between 1878, when the amendment was first presented in Congress, and 1920, when it was approved, champions of voting rights for women worked diligently, but their tactics varied. By 1916, most of the major suffrage establishments united behind the goal of a lawful amendment.
An article called “The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right To Vote” on www.archive.org says: “Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.” But, if it weren’t for the first suffragists, we might not be where we are today. Because of them, women are treated more like human beings and less like livestock. Women can now vote freely, can play in female sports leagues, can work pretty much any job, or not work a job at all. America is now a far cry from where it was in the beginning. Life, for both the male and female populations, is equal and just.
“Equal Suffrage (Nineteenth) Amendment, 1920.” In Women’s America: Refocusing the Past, edited by Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron de Hart, and Cornelia Hughes Dayton, 429-431. 7th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.