Suffragists began their organized fight for women’s equality in 1848 when they demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. For the next 72 years, women leaders lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot. The U.S. House of Representatives finally approved the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, on May 21, 1919. The U.S. Senate followed two weeks later, and the 19th Amendment went to the states. By a vote of 50-47, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Today, more than 68 million women vote in elections because of the courageous suffragists who never gave up the fight for equality.
Women's Suffrage Virtual Discussion with the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. This presentation recounts the sacrifices of activists whose tireless efforts from 1848 to 1920 culminated in women's suffrage. Discussion led by Jim Sugarman and Nikki Descoteaux of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County.