19th Amendment Definition The 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote.

Often referred as the Susan B. Anthony amendment, the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 by a vote of 56 to 25 in the Senate; ratified by the necessary 36 states (with Tennessee as the last state to vote for passage on August 18, 1920); and proclaimed as part of the Constitution of the United States on August 26, 1920.

At 8 a.m. on that day, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation which stated:

Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.


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