"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." - Ida B. Wells
The Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution barred states from excluding women from the ballot based solely on the basis of their sex. Signed into law on August 26, 1920, its passage was the result of decades of work by tens of thousands across the country who worked for change. Read about the history of the 19th Amendment: be inspired by the early activists and African American women who organized and dedicated themselves to ensuring women had the right to vote in the face of racism or sexism. Also, learn about the regional movements associated with the women’s suffrage in California and nationwide.
Of course, inspiring women lived throughout all periods of history, not just during the suffrage movement. Women who were pioneers, the first to, assisted during times of battle and disaster, founded parks and preserved legacies. These women shared many of the same qualities of suffragists--independence, activism, strong will, and determination—which helped them carry forward the causes that were important to them during their lifetimes.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Ammendment. Celebrate today by discovering the stories of women at Golden Gate, Muir Woods and beyond, who fought for suffrage rights or changed the course of history.