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Celebrating the 19th Amendment

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On This Day: Ratification of the 19th Amendment- Women's Suffrage

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees American women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920. After passing through Congress in June 1919, Tennessee became the final state needed to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920.

Past Events


Join Gabriella Leone, Staten Island Museum Archives Manager and curator of Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women’s Right to Vote for a reflection on the legacy of grassroots activism for women’s suffrage. Learn about the tactics suffragists employed to claim their right to vote and bring about political change in their community. Consider how their commitment to sparking civic engagement and political participation still resonates today.

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Featured Virtual Exhibit

From the National Museum of American History Behring Center, "Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage," a virtual exhibit that captures the movement for suffrage and women's rights in the United States. Of particular note is the section on individuals who have been historically omitted from the efforts.

View  "Creating Icons"

View "Who Was Left Out of the Story"


Women's Suffrage Month

August 2020: National Women's Suffrage Month

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CUNY Podcasts

Still They Persisted: Inside the Long Battle to Adopt the ERA

In her new book, We the Women: The Unstoppable+ Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment, CUNY legal scholar Julie Suk takes full measure of the century-long — and recently resurgent — battle to enshrine full equal rights for women as a Constitutional amendment. She joins Book Beat to talk about the history of the fight, the victories along the way and the sisterhood of warriors who have fought across generations to make the ERA law. And why it still matters.

Julie Suk is dean for master’s programs and a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. A graduate of Yale Law School and a scholar of comparative law and society, she was a professor at Cardozo Law School for 13 years before joining CUNY. In recent years, she’s become a prominent expert on the renewed efforts to ratify the ERA.

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Exhibition and Program Series Honoring the Centennial of the 19th Amendment at the Staten Island Museum

Women of the Nation Arise!
Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote
An Exhibition at the Staten Island Museum

Women in the United States won a long-fought national victory in 1920 when the 19th Constitutional Amendment establishing their right to vote was ratified. Women in New York had earned that right in a state referendum in 1917. Staten Island’s role in the fight for woman suffrage was both innovative on a national level and uniquely suited to the community from which it came.

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100 Years of the 19th Amendment

An online overview from The Museum of the City of New York about the suffrage movement and women's political activism in New York, including links to recent and ongoing exhibits: Beyond Suffrage, Rebel Women, and Activist New York.

Social Movements Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment

View a webcast of Law Day 2020, "Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment," jointly hosted by the Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association. Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law and an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect liberty and promote justice. 
This year's Law Day theme--"Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100"--dovetails with the Library's exhibition, "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote," which celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Kimberly Adams moderated a panel discussion featuring Martha S. Jones, Thomas Saenz and Julie Suk.

Helpful Databases

Spotlight: Sampling of 19th Amendment Primary Sources

National Archives digital copy of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote

Library of Congress "Women's Suffrage"

Digital Public Library of America "Women's Suffrage: Campaign for the 19th Amendment"

Digital Public Library of America "Black Women's Suffrage"

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Amy F. Stempler
Associate Dean and Chief Librarian
Ph: 718.982.4001