Introduction to Women’s Political Involvement in the 100 Years since the Nineteenth Amendment

Introduction to Women’s Political Involvement in the 100 Years since the Nineteenth Amendment

By Heather L. Ondercin and Ellen M. Key,  Appalachian State University

August 19, 2020, marks the centennial of ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied on the basis of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment did not radically transform women’s political activism; rather, it was a product of women’s political activism. Women won the franchise in a 72-year battle fought at both the state and national levels. By the time the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, women had been voting for almost 50 years in localities where they already had secured the right to vote.1 The 100th anniversary is an opportune time to reflect on women’s continued involvement in politics.

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