In the 1880s people were asking for equal rights for men and women. The first women’s rights convention in the United States was July 19-20, 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York. The movement cooled down during the Civil War. By 1913, only nine states — all in the West — gave women the vote.
It wasn’t until 1917 that New York became the 10th state to grant women the right, and a year later President Wilson announced his support of women’s enfranchisement. Legislative support produced the Nineteenth Amendment, which passed in both the House and Senate during the summer of 1919. On Aug. 26, 1920, after ratification by the necessary 36 states, the Nineteenth Amendment was adopted.
March is Women’s History Month and BearingNews is asking students who they see as female role models. Listen each day to people speak about the impact women have had.
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