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An Important Amendment Turns 91!

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Thomasville, GA --- 8/19/2011 ----

On August 18, 1920, all women in the U.S. received the right to vote, thanks to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

The amendment, which became law more than 40 years after being drafted in 1878, says no person can be denied the right to vote based on their gender.

It was finally passed after years of protesting -- by men and women -- for all females to have the basic right.

Though some states allowed women to vote before the ratification, the amendment marked the first federal law to that effect.

Women in Thomas County say their forebears' struggles haven't been forgotten.

Says Thomas County Probate Judge Vickie Burette, "I feel that women take their responsibility in voting seriously because they had to fight to be able to vote, and when you have to fight about something, you're more intense about that."

Burette's opinion is also backed by hard data.

Explains Thomas County's Supervisor of Elections, Phillip Henry, "We have more women voters than we do men. We have around 12,704 female voters, compared to 9,657 male voters."

Two-thirds of states must approve an amendment before it can be ratified.

The final state to vote 'yes' on the 19th Amendment was Tennessee.

Thanks to the Constitutional addition, and all the doors it's opened for women, more now than ever are running for office and taking positions of leadership.


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