Celebrating the women’s suffrage amendment
On Aug. 18, 1920, the United States ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote!
“But, while the certification of the women’s suffrage amendment certainly signified a big moment in history, the real story lies in the decades both leading up to and following that day.
“There’s this notion that women were ‘given’ the right to vote by men instead of acknowledging the century of agitation by women in America,” says Sandy Slater, College of Charleston associate professor of history who specializes in U.S. women’s history. “Men concluded that women had ‘earned’ their right to vote because of their service in World War I. While notable and significant, focusing exclusively on the relationship to war negates the agency, suffering and determination of American women and their demands for suffrage well before America entered the war.” ” Read more here from the COFC article from August of 2020.