13 Jan Telling the Story of One Hundred Years of Women’s Suffrage: Here’s Where We Stand
It’s January of 1920.
The previous year saw huge gains in the struggle for women’s suffrage.
There’s a long way to go before women actually gain the right to register and vote in the 1920 election on November 2.
Here’s Where We Stand
- May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives finally passed the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
- The Senate followed suit on June 4, and the bill was sent to the states to ratify as the Nineteenth Amendment.
Now comes the Countdown
- Thirty-six of the forty-eight state legislatures must ratify the amendment for it to become law. This was before Alaska and Hawaii came into the union. Today, it would take thirty-eight votes to pass a congressional amendment.
- As of January 1, 1920, twenty-two states have ratified.
- Two states have rejected the amendment.
- Twenty-four states have yet to weigh in.
- Fourteen of those states must ratify before November, if women are to vote in the next election.
The Roll Call Thus Far in 1919
June 10–Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan–YES
June 16, 1919–Kansas, Ohio, New York–YES
June 28–Texas–YES–the first Southern state to ratify
July 2–Iowa–YES–home of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt and the 10th state to vote yes
July 24–Georgia–NO–the first Southern state to reject
August 2–Montana and Nebraska–YES
September 10–New Hampshire–YES
November 1–California–YES–and we’re half way there!
December 1–North Dakota–YES
December 4–South Dakota–YES
Let’s see what 1920 will bring!