19th Amendment
The Nineteenth Amendment was passed by congress June 4th, 1919 and ratified August 18th, 1920. The first part to the Nineteenth Amendment stated that: 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 the account of sex. This basically meant that all women were guaranteed the right to vote by federal law. The second part of the Nineteenth Amendment stated that: Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. This meant that if a woman who is an American citizen is denied the right to vote, congress shall act appropriately in defending them.
external image susanbanthony.jpgSusan B. Antonyexternal image small_elizabeth-cady-stanton.jpgElizabeth Cady Stanton

The Nineteenth Amendment is considered a big role within gender equality. For feminists, this was a goal that had been awaited for a long time. Women suffrage movements date back to the mid 19th century under famous leaders such as Susan B. Antony and Mary Cady Stanton. These two met up at the Seneca Falls convention to work together in securing women’s right to vote. Although they did not directly succeed, they paved the path for the women’s suffrage movement, and over 70 years later, their goal would finally be accomplished.



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Sources:
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/nineteentham.htm
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=old&doc=63
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/woman-suffrage/