In 1878 a proposal that we know today as the 19th Amendment was introduced to Congress. Amongst the requests in this amendment was for women to be given the right to vote. The proposed amendment remained a controversial issue for over 40 years. During that time the women’s right movement grew strong and conducted campaigns and demonstrations which laid the foundation for the passage and ratification of the amendment by the states. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was officially ratified securing the right to vote for women.
Today, we take a moment to honor those brave women who fought and obtained the right for women to vote. In addition, we honor those women who today continue to fight for our right to be heard and to be counted.