Today in Feminist History: Women’s Suffrage Has Returned to a High Level (July 3, 1919)

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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.


July 3, 1919: In keeping with the spirit of liberty and equality to be celebrated tomorrow on Independence Day, the pace of State ratifications of the Susan B. Anthony (woman suffrage) Amendment has once again returned to a high level.

Yesterday it was Iowa, and today Missouri, making a total of 11 State legislatures that have approved in less than a month, with only 25 to go for the 36 out of 48 needed. The speed with which ratification is being accomplished seems even more amazing in light of the fact that on June 4th, when the proposed amendment got final approval…

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