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Constitution Monday: Women Can Vote in Federal Elections

Here is the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

AMENDMENT XIX

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920.

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.

Prior to this amendment, women were not allowed to vote in federal elections and were barred from voting in most states and territories.  Among the exceptions to this was the Territory of Alaska, which extended full voting rights to women in 1913.  To learn more about the Women’s sufferage (voting) movement using primary sources, check out the lessons included in a Teacher’s plan from the Library of Congress at http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/99/suffrage/intro.html.

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