This Day in History

Aug. 26, 1920: 19th Amendment Adopted

Time Periods: 1920
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Women's History

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was formally adopted on Aug. 26, 1920. It stated,

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.

Suffragists White House | Zinn Education Project

Suffragists from Pennsylvania on picket line in 1917 front of the White House. Source: Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.

Did this impact all women in the U.S. equally? To help students examine issues of race and class in the long fight for women’s suffrage, we offer the role play: “Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality.” Another free unit offers three lessons about voting rights is “Who Gets to Vote? Teaching About the Struggle for Voting Rights in the United States.”

Read about the struggle for full voting rights in Mississippi and the U.S. in ‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation.”