Georgia and the 19th Amendment

Georgia depicted in gray – indicating that it was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. CC0
Georgia 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 July 24, 1919 Georgia was the first state to reject the amendment. But by August of 1920, 36 states ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

State flag of Georgia, CC0.
State flag of Georgia, CC0.
While women across the county were able to vote in the 1920 presidential election, Georgia women were not able to cast their ballots. The state of Georgia cited a rule that said voters had to register 6 months before an election. Most other states waived this rule, allowing women to vote in the 1920 election. But women in Georgia had to wait until 1922 to take part in a national election.

Georgia ratified the 19th Amendment on February 20, 1970.