Woman Suffrage Centennial

SFPL celebrates 100 years of women gaining the right to vote in California with author readings, films and performances that honor the suffragists.



U.S. Woman Suffrage

Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, finally giving women the right to vote, on August 18, 1920, when legislator Harry Burns changed his vote when he received a phone call from his mother.

Connecticut, Vermont, and Delaware all ratified by 1923. Two states, Virginia and Alabama didn't ratify until the early 1950s. Maryland ratified in 1941, but didn't certify their ratification until 1958. Florida and South Carolina ratified in 1969, with South Carolina not certifying their ratification until 1973. Georgia and Louisiana ratified in 1970, and North Carolina in 1971. Mississippi held out until 1984, before ratifying.

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