Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 in 1987 to give the month of March the title of Women’s History Month. This month is dedicated to women—to honor the leaps that they have taken to become equals within society. Women have made a substantial amount of progress over the years to fight for the rights that men enjoy. Would you believe that the 19th Amendment—the amendment that gave all women the right to vote—has been part of the United States Constitution for only about 93 years?
The road to the 19th Amendment wasn’t an easy one to travel. Women had to face much opposition. The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Since then, prominent women suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony have been pushing for women’s rights. Susan B. Anthony was even arrested for trying to “vote illegally” in an election in 1872. Furthermore, women went on strikes, marched, and petitioned to convince lawmakers to pass legislation for women’s rights. Anthony wrote the women’s suffrage amendment that was introduced to Congress in 1878. Finally, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment became law.
By: Mikenzi Brasfield