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By Kate Radford
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19th Amendment marks 100 years of women's voting rights

 

August 13, 2020

Library of Congress

Montana's Jeannette Rankin, who became the first female elected to Congress in 1916, speaks to the National American Women's Suffrage Association on April 2, 1917, her first day in Congress.

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, declaring, "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."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the amendment, and organizations across the country are hosting events and celebrations in commemoration.

The term suffrage, which is now defined as the...



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