100 Years of Voting Women
“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.”
19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Throughout 2020, we will celebrate 100 years of voting women. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified giving American women the right to vote. A consortium of organizations in Tulsa is working to celebrate this momentous occasion throughout 2020. Check back here for upcoming public events.
The struggle for women’s right to vote began and continued 70 years before ratification of the 19th Amendment. Many of the original suffragists did not live to see their efforts succeed. Harriet Tubman. Susan B. Anthony. Mary Ann Shadd Cary. Phoebe Wilson Couzins. Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis. Margaret Fuller. Lucretia Mott. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
While the 19th Amendment enshrined in the U.S. Constitution women’s right to vote, there would still be decades more of struggle for all women and men to have voting rights.
1924: Indian Citizenship Act, Native Americans deemed U.S. Citizens but many states continued to disenfranchise Native Americans.
1943: Magnuson Act, Chinese in America granted the right to become citizens and therefore to vote.
1962: New Mexico is the last state to enfranchise Native Americans.
1965: Voting Rights Act, African Americans and Native Americans continued to face exclusion from voting through various mechanisms which the voting rights act eliminated.
Have an event to be listed? Send information to 19Afor21C@gmail.com.
American Association of University Women, Association for Women in Communications, Booker T. Washington Alumni Foundation, City of Tulsa, Junior League of Tulsa, League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa, Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Historical Society, Tulsa Women Lawyers Association, University of Tulsa Women’s and Gender Studies Programs, Women for Responsible Government
Sharon King Davis, chair; Alicia Andrews; Amy Bailey; Barbara Bannon; Rep. Meloyde Blancett; Amanda Clinton; Megan Cruz; Ellen Cummings; Julie Davis; Nikki Dennis; Cindy Driver; Ebony Easiley; Judy Eason McIntyre; Nicole Eubanks; Dr. Pamela Fry; Karen Gaddis; Dr. Anne Ghostbear; Gwen Hampton; Priscilla Harris; Carmela Hill; Maggie Hoey; Kathy Horne; Emily Hutton; County Commissioner Karen Keith; Stephanie LaFevers; Juana Lozier; Rebecca Marks Jimerson; Kimberly Marsh MacLeod; Rosa Martinez Harris; Donna Mathews; Jilda Motley; Kristen Oertel; Elaina Osteen; Penny Painter; Kiley Roberson; Sara Jane Rose; Martha Rupp Carter; Mayor Susan Savage; Paula Settoon; Amanda Swope; Mayor Kathy Taylor; Pamela Vreeland; Tamara Wagman; Julie Watson; Meredith Webber; Jan Doolittle Wilson, PhD; Judge Jane Wiseman
Special Thank You!
And, how to support our work.
We would like to give a special thank you to the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa for supporting these efforts through both providing space on their website and acting as our fiduciary agent. All donations to support the 100 Years of Voting Women can be made to the League of Women Voters by clicking here. Please note 19A for 21C on your donation.