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Celebrating Women and the Vote

On August 26, 1920, Secretary of State, Bainbridge Colby, signed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution into the law of the land: “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.”

WASHINGTON, DC –After seventy-two years of campaigning, lobbying, hunger strikes, imprisonments, and appeals to rigid government officials—including President Woodrow Wilson—women—50% of the population–got the right to vote. The American Bar Association called it “the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country.” On August 26, 1920, Secretary of State, Bainbridge Colby…

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