Today in Legal History

June 4th, 1919

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The U.S. Senate passes the Women’s Suffrage bill, it becomes the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It granted women the legal right to vote in the country. After a hard-fought series of votes in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 20, 1920.

It states, “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.”

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  1. Yup: 26 years after the first nation to introduce ‘universal suffrage.’
    It does not surprise me at all that the USA – self-proclaimed champion of democracy – was so far behind the bunch. Methinks the idea of democracy was splendid in theory, but frightened the crap out of them in reality.

    The more I learn about that era, the more dismal gets my faith in humanity. Not looking forward to ‘Suffragettes’ at all!

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