When Women Got The Vote

“The name of Tennessee is upon the lips of millions today,” the Nashville Tennessean reported on August 19, 1920. The previous day, the state’s House of Representatives voted to ratify the woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Five days earlier the Tennessee Senate had voted in favor of ratification.
          Two roll call votes in the House ended in 48 to 48 ties. In the third round of voice votes, a Representative from McMinn County changed his “no” to “yea.” He said he did so because he had received a letter from his mother asking him to vote for the resolution. Another courageous man joined him. With that 50 to 46 vote, Tennessee became the 36th state to support the amendment.
          Tennessee’s ratification meant the required two-thirds of the forty-eight states had voted to make woman suffrage the law of the land. It happened ninety years ago this week. At long last, women in the United States gained the right to vote.

From The Nashville Retrospect, August 2010

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