If you're a citizen of the United States, I hope you took the opportunity to vote today. After all, it was less than one hundred years ago that women received full voting rights in this country.
"Women's suffrage in the United States was achieved gradually, at state and local levels during the late 19th century and early 20th century, culminating in 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provided: '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.'"
In my own state of Colorado, women received the right to vote at the state level in 1893. Previously, women had already won the right to vote in the territories of Wyoming (1869) and Utah (1870) through legislative action. In order for Colorado women to receive the right to vote, they needed the support of the current eligible voters in the state (all male). In other words, “Colorado suffragists had to convince a majority of men in the state that they should share political power with women.” Women and Social Movements in the United States And they did! Colorado was the very first state to allow women the right to vote through popular referendum.
When I tell my students that women in our country did not receive the right to vote until much later than men did, they can't believe it!
You can read my grandmother's diary entries about the 1916 Presidential election here.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.