"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.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
- 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution
The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. In response to the19th amendment definition, which was basically a summary of all of the work of activists in favor of women’s suffrage, the National Woman’s Party urged citizens to vote against anti-suffrage senators up for election in the fall of 1918. After the 1918 election, most members of Congress were pro-suffrage. On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment by a vote of 304 to 89. 304 to 89, shows that most members wanted women to have the right to vote. I think it is important for everyone to have a chance to have their voice heard.
The first piece of media, that I am presenting is a photograph from around the time the 19th amendment was ratified. It is a picture of six women behind a banner that reads "No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex." Even though the statement is short, I think it is very strong and profound. It gets the point across clearly, and shows that women were fed up with being on the back burner. As citizens they should have the rights that men do, it is only fair.
Chairwoman Alice Paul, second from left, and officers of the National Woman's Party, June 1920.