TODAY IN HISTORY: The 19th Amendment (Aug. 26, 1920)
A mere 88 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 19th 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 19th 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.