Today in Feminist History: The National Woman’s Party Is Already Talking About Future Goals (August 8, 1920)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


August 8, 1920: Though the special “suffrage session” of the Tennessee General Assembly doesn’t open until noon tomorrow, there has been plenty of action in Nashville today.

Abby Scott Baker

The most promising development is that of the 13 legislators elected on August 5th to fill vacancies in the legislature, 11 have now pledged to vote for ratification of the Susan B. Anthony (woman suffrage) Amendment.

Tennessee is looking more and more like it could be the 36th and final State needed to ratify, and make the Anthony Amendment the 19th Amendment to the U.S….

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