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August 18, 2010

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Ninety years ago today, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was ratified. The amendment had first been introduced in Congress over forty years earlier, in 1878. To explore and celebrate the 19th Amendment here are some images, a film, and lesson plans.

The Library of Congress presents “Votes for Women, The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” a collection of images. There you’ll find links to portraits, campaign scenes, and more.

See also their timeline: One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview, which breaks down the quest for suffrage and offers links to images of important figures in the movement (like Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton).


From PBS and Ken Burns check out the Interactive History of the Women’s Movement from the film “Not For Ourselves Alone,” which is a story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.


Lesson Plans
Find lesson plans on women’s voting rights at EDSITEment.

  • Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage
  • Women’s Suffrage: Why the West First?
  • Who Were the Foremothers of Women’s Equality?

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