Louisiana and the 19th Amendment

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State of Louisiana shaded gray, indicating it was not one of the 36 original 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 1, 1920, Louisiana voted against the ratification of the 19th Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states had ratified the amendment, giving women the right to vote -- including in Louisiana.

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State flag of Louisiana. CC0
On June 11, 1970, Louisiana finally ratified the 19th Amendment.

Last updated: August 6, 2018