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Happy 91st Anniversary 19th Amendment - celebrate Women's Right to Vote in the United States of America !

On this day in history......We celebrate women receiving in all U.S. states the right to vote in all elections in the United States. 

Are you registered to vote?  Take action and HAVE A VOICE! your vote makes a difference-today more than ever!  

Happy 91st Anniversary 19th Amendment - celebrate Women's Right to Vote in the United States of America !

[thanks to outgoing ALA COSWL Chair Lorna Peterson for sharing these important links today on an important milestone for women and US history.  ]

--Karen Weaver on behalf of ALA COSWL 

Aug. 26, 1920 | 19th Amendment Takes Effect, Giving Women the Vote

August 26, 2011, 4:13 AM
from the New York Times -Blogs By THE LEARNING NETWORK

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/aug-26-1920-19th-amendment-takes-effect-giving-women-the-vote/

EXCERPTS ONLY:

"On Aug. 26, 1920, eight days after it had been ratified, the 19th Amendment was declared in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, giving female citizens the right to vote in all American elections."

..."The New York Times reported, “The half-century struggle for woman suffrage in the United States reached its climax at 8 o’clock this morning, when Bainbridge Colby, as secretary of state, issued his proclamation announcing that the 19th Amendment had become a part of the Constitution of the United States.”

"The 19th Amendment was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement, which dated to the mid-19th century. The movement had slowly won voting rights in individual states beginning with Wyoming in 1890. By 1919, 15 of the 48 states — primarily in the West — had full suffrage, while most others had limited suffrage, like only allowing women to vote in presidential elections"

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See & read the document !

Our Documents.org  - 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote (1920)

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=63

"Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote."

"The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920."

"Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took them decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, and August 18, 1920, when it was ratified, champions of voting rights for women worked tirelessly, but strategies for achieving their goal varied. Some pursued a strategy of passing suffrage acts in each state—nine western states adopted woman suffrage legislation by 1912. Others challenged male-only voting laws in the courts. Militant suffragists used tactics such as parades, silent vigils, and hunger strikes. Often supporters met fierce resistance. Opponents heckled, jailed, and sometimes physically abused them."

"By 1916, almost all of the major suffrage organizations were united behind the goal of a constitutional amendment. When New York adopted woman suffrage in 1917 and President Wilson changed his position to support an amendment in 1918, the political balance began to shift."

"On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of three-fourths of the states. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification on August 26, 1920, changing the face of the American electorate forever."