Susan's Corner- The Right to Vote

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says: “the right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.” This amendment signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 18, 1920 gave the Women of America the right to vote. Men of Color had the right to vote when the 15th amendment was passed in 1870, regardless or race, color, or previous servitude.

Women had been pursuing the right to vote since the mid-1800s. Many of them were politically active in the abolitionist and prohibition movements. The first gathering of the women who became known as the suffragists was chaired by Susan B. Anthony. She was soon joined by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. Their number swelled to over 2,000 politically active women, and many men.

The right to vote for people of color was not fully realized until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Even though men and women of color had the “technical right to vote” much earlier, many Southern States still blocked their rights by instituting poll taxes, or literacy tests, etc.

Brain Teaser: What is the difference between Suffragists and Suffragettes? Suffragist was a term used mainly in the United States. Their goal was to win the vote through peaceful, non-violent means. They also allowed men to join their cause. Suffragettes in the United States consisted of a much smaller group of women, no men allowed, dedicated to winning the vote. using whatever means necessary, including violence. Also, Suffragettes was the term used in Great Britain, even though they were mainly non-violent. The British Women won their right to vote in 1918.

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