How Women Won the Vote: A 19th Amendment Reading List

American democracy is a lot younger than it looks. Just 100 years ago, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, enshrining women’s right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. While women’s suffrage was hard won, the battle for the ballot would continue for decades, especially for Black and Indigenous women. This collection explores the history and impact of that century-old victory, and the complicated legacy that still informs today.

Why Thousands of Women Fought Against the Right to Vote

Samantha Schmidt • The Washington Post

The anti-suffragist women would become a nationwide force that would influence later generations of conservative women. And today, a century after women gained the right to vote, echoes of their message remain.

How the Devastating 1918 Flu Pandemic Helped Advance US Women’s Rights

Christine Crudo Blackburn, Gerald W. Parker and Morten Wendelbo • The Conversation

One hundred years ago, a powerful strain of the flu swept the globe, infecting one third of the world’s population. The aftermath of this disaster, too, led to unexpected social changes, opening up new opportunities for women and in the process irreversibly transforming life in the United States.

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