Synthesis Of The 19th Amendment

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The 19th amendment was passed in 1919 nearly a hundred years since the start of the fight of women 's equality. The amendment states, “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.” (1919, Our Documents) Giving women the right to vote, a huge leap forward in the fight for women’s right and equality. The women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th amendment would ultimately lead to greater equality amongst men and women, lead to the avocation for further social reform, change the way both women and society viewed themselves, and ultimately pave the road for future women’s right activist and women’s equality.
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Therefore we resent the disgraceful humiliation put upon us by the stubborn refusal of our Governor to listen to our united demand for a special session to ratify the suffrage amendment." (1919, Digital History) Showing just how much of a struggle it could be for women rights activists to reach the equality they so desired as they were being held back by state leaders. Together, though, different associations, leagues, and individuals were able to work together to convince states to ratify the bill and by February 17th, 1920, 31 states of the needed 36 at the time had been ratified. It took another six months for the other five states needed to ratify the bill as conflict arose and the bill was debated. Yet, by August 18, 1920 36 states had ratified the bill, including the once repentant Washington state, and women were now able to vote and would hold the ability to vote in the upcoming election. (Digital …show more content…
In 1920, 14 women’s organizations joined together and formed the Women’s Joint Congressional Committee and lobbied for more federal-level social welfare legislation and programs. Together, this committee was successful in establishing social reform programs such as the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921, which gave federal funds to states for health programs for women and children. As well as bring to light the need for educational and industrial reform, especially when it came to children and child labor laws. (Synonym) With the ability to vote women were able to take their new found power and make social and political changes in their local communities and

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