The Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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Today marks a historic day in history. It was 90 years ago on this day, August 18, 1920 that women were given the right to vote. The Tennessee General Assembly ratified it by declaring this:

“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 the account of sex.”

Tennessee had become the 36th state to ratify the amendment. This in turn gave it the approval of three-fourths of the states. It passed due to legislator Harry Burn, 24, changing his vote because his mother insisted on it.

People are celebrating this today and it changed a lot in history and gave women a chance to do something men have been doing for many years.

Still it should of always been for women to vote. Why did it have to come to that? The same with any other issue. Well whatever the case, thankfully it was changed and women were given their constitutional right to vote.  After all we are a part of this county too.

Article source: Washington Post

Picture credit: PicApp

© Jennifer Lewis 2010

American suffragist Alice Paul (1885 - 1977) unfurls a banner after receiving the news of the Tennessee suffrage vote, Washington, DC, August 18, 1920. The banner has thirty-six stars, one for each state that had voted for a national admendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, and the 19th Amendment was ratified after the agreement of three-fourths of the states was obtained. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

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