Connecticut and the 19th Amendment

Picture of state of Connecticut in gray – indicating it was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. CC0
Image of the state of Connecticut in gray – indicating it was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. CC0

Women fought for the right to vote since the mid-1800s. They marched, protested, lobbied, and even went to jail. By the 1870s, women pressured Congress to vote on an amendment that would give them suffrage rights. This amendment became known as the 19th Amendment.

After decades of arguments for and against women's suffrage, Congress finally voted in favor of the 19th Amendment in 1919. This is called ratification. After Congress ratified the 19th Amendment, at least 36 states needed to vote in favor of it for it to become law. By August of 1920, 36 states ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

State flag of Connecticut, CC0.
State flag of Connecticut, CC0.
Representatives from Connecticut did not meet until September 1920 to vote on the amendment. By then, the 19th Amendment was already a law. As a result, women in Connecticut could legally vote - whether or not the state chose to ratify the amendment. But on September 14, 1920, representatives from Connecticut showed their support for the amendment by voting to ratify it.