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Posted on: August 18, 2020

NH and the Ratification of Right to Vote for Women, 100 Years Ago

New Hampshire and the ratification of the right to vote, 100 years ago with photo of 19th amendment

The Lebanon Heritage Commission celebrates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guaranteed the right to vote for all American women. The 19th Amendment was formally ratified on August 18, 1920 (a century ago from this Tuesday, August 18, 2020), and adopted on August 26, 1920.

XIX Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

It was the hard work of leaders like Susan B. Anthony that achieved this important step in history. For example, the motto of a weekly women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution, which Ms. Anthony helped to publish in the 18060s-1870’s, was “Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.” 

New Hampshire had its own role as the first New England State, in 1878, to approve school suffrage for women, according to the National Park Service.

To learn more, please review the following resources. 

Learn more about the Lebanon Heritage Commission by visiting LebanonNH.gov/HeritageCommission.

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