Virginia and the 19th Amendment

State of Virginia in gray – indicating it was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. Courtesy Megan Springate.
State of Virginia 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.

state flag of Virginia
State flag of Virginia. CC0
On February 12, 1920, Virginia voted against the 19th Amendment. But by August of 1920, 36 states approved the proposal and it became law all across the country – even in Virginia.

On February 21, 1952, Virginia showed its support for women’s suffrage by officially ratifying the 19th Amendment.

Last updated: August 2, 2018