100th Anniversary of U.S. Women’s Right to Vote

100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote.

Written in 1787, the United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government.The Constitution has evolved through amendments to meet the changing needs of a modern society.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of one of those amendments – the 19th Amendment.   On June 4, 1919,the U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment to give women the right to vote, and it was ratified by the states on August 18, 1920.

Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation. Beginning in the mid-19th century, woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied,and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered radical change.