Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Women's right to vote

Today mark's the 90th anniversary of the the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The picture at right is women protesting in front of the White House and is from the "Women of Protest" collection on American Memory. Here are some resources to check out on this day:

  • Joint Resolution of Congress proposing the 19th amendment This document was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920. It finally allowed all American women the right to vote.
  • 90th Anniversary page from National Archives This page gives a more in-depth description of the process of passage of this amendment. My favorite little tidbit in here is the fact that Representative Harry Burn was the vote that switched to pass and he justified it with the statement "I know that a mother's advice is always safest for her boy to follow, and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification."
  • Constitution of the United States View the original constitution along with the changes and additions (such as the 19th amendment) passed over the years.
  • Women's History Collections These are all the collections focusing on women's history in the American Memory site from the Library of Congress. There are four collections specifically dealing with women's suffrage.
Want to learn more about how voting and elections? Check out the library's guide.


  1. Anonymous9:19 PM

    do you have any copyrights or anything on this because im working on a history project & I need to write a bibliograph.. so if you can add anything please do so. thanks :)

  2. We do not have any copyrights, we would like you to cite that you got the information from this web page, but otherwise you can share this in your biography.