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Suffrage Centennial

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by a state on the account of sex.

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.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

- Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

It took decades of determined campaigning by countless women (and some men too!) to secure equal voting rights under the law. In August of 1920, Tennesee became the last of the necessary 36 states to secure ratification. (Ohio was the 5th state to ratify in June of 1919!) In 2020, 100 years after that fateful summer day, we're celebrating the Suffrage Centennial!

In 1912, the Ohio Women's Suffrage Amendment, Amendment 23, was on the ballot in Ohio, where it was defeated. Seven years later, Ohio became the 5th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which eventually gave women the right to vote.

It’s important to note that voting rights were applied unevenly at first, with many women of color excluded. Nevertheless, the legacy of this group of determined advocates has positively impacted generations of Girl Scouts (and Americans in general), and we want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their achievement with our council’s own patch program. 

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Suffrage Centennial Events & Resources

While we may not be able to get together to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial, there are still many ways to celebrate from home!

Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, the Ohio History Connection built an exhibit meant to travel the state throughout 2020. It is not currently possible for Ohioans to view this exhibit in person, so we invite you to view this exhibit in a new way!
View the Virtual Exhibit »

Women's Suffrage Collection from The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Libraries’ (OSUL) Rare Books & Manuscripts Library (RBML) is excited to announce that materials from its Women’s Suffrage Collection have been digitized and are now available online.
View the Collection »

The Genius of Liberty Podcast Series

A series of six minute suffrage stories commemorating the 19th amendment centennial.
Listen to the Podcast »