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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy 19th Amendment Day!

This is a day for all the ladies to stand up and cheer!

As unbelievable as it is in the land of the free and home of the brave a mere 89 years ago women had no constitutionally guaranteed right to vote in elections. In January of 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced that he was supporting a new amendment to the US Constitution that would give women the right to vote. The House of Representatives passed the amendment, but it failed in the Senate after a series of delays. The National Woman's Party began a campaign to oust members of Congress who voted against the Amendment - with great success. The following year, both Houses of Congress were overwhelmingly pro-sufferage. On May 21, 1919 the House of Representatives passed the amendment by a vote of 304 to 89 and in June, the Senate passed it by a margin of 56 to 24. After ratification by the States, the Nineteenth Amendment was certified on August 26, 1920.

I guess that means that you gals need to schedule a visit to the
National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia PA. Don't forget to check out the other great sites like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall when you are there.