Delaware and the 19th Amendment

Delaware depicted in gray – indicating that it was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. CC0
Delaware depicted in gray – indicating that 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. On June 2, 1920, Delaware voted to reject the amendment. But by August of 1920, 36 states ratified the 19th Amendment, making women’s suffrage legal all across the country – even in Delaware.

State flag of Delaware, CC0
State flag of Delaware, CC0
On March 6, 1923, Delaware showed its support for women’s suffrage by officially ratifying the 19th Amendment.