Born during the American Revolution, Van Buren lived to see the beginning of the Civil War. His generation of Americans were tasked with taking the founders' ideas and putting them into practical use, and the fate of the union was anything but certain.
On November 6, 1917, the state of New York granted women the right to vote in all municipal, state, and federal elections. Two years later, the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteed all American women the right to vote. These victories were won through hard-fought battles by generations of suffragists.
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