18 August 2010

Votes for Women

Ninety years ago today American women won the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. 

Suffragettes riding a float at the New York Fair, Yonkers (1913).

"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." 

Inez Boissevain at a suffrage parade in Washington, DC (1913).

So let's take a moment to remember Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and all the countless other suffragettes who fought, and sometimes gave their lives, so we could have this fundamental right.

To see more images from the suffrage movement, visit the Library of Congress' collection "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920.

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