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Stats for Stories: *Special Edition* 19th Amendment Ratified 100 Years Ago (1920): August 18, 2020

Press Release Number CB20-SFS.101

From ourdocuments.gov — Transcript of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Women's Right to Vote (1920)

“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. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

According to the National Archives: 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote

“Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.”

From The American Presidency Project Presidential Proclamation 1970 : 
“It is hard for any of us living in 1970 to imagine a time when women did not vote. Yet for more than seventy-five years, American women faced adversity, ridicule and derision on every level of our society as they sought this precious right. Brave and courageous women, knowing their cause was just, drawing strength and inspiration from one another through generations, fought long and hard for Woman Suffrage. Their victory was a victory for civil rights in America and it marked the beginning of a proud, new chapter in our nation's history.” 

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Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), November 1980-2016.

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), November 2018.

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