Lyda Mary Hardy
Lyda Mary Hardy

GUEST COMMENTARY

This coming Monday, Aug. 26 marks the 99th anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It reads: “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.” This right that I take for granted has not been in place that long.

I am a third-generation woman voter. Although I never knew my grandmother, she worked for suffrage and was one of the first women to vote in her rural county. I grew up hearing about this legacy.

Suffrage for women had been proposed to Congress a number of times, beginning in 1878. It never gained traction until 1919 when the suffragettes set up protests in front of the White House to urge support from President Woodrow Wilson. The pressure helped the Nineteenth Amendment pass the House on May 21 and the Senate on June 4. It was sent to the states for ratification.

 

 

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