From last Friday through tomorrow (Wednesday, October 24), the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is exhibiting one of our nation’s treasures, the original 19th Amendment to the Constitution (which gave women the right to vote). The document is on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration.
This evening at 6pm, Bernadette Cahill, author of “The Truth about the Nineteenth Amendment” will be a guest lecturer at the Clinton School of Public Service.
A special complimentary viewing opportunity will be extended today from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Other times regular admission fees apply – $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens 62+ and retired military with ID, as well as groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children 6 and older are $3.00. Children under 6 and active military are free.
Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took then decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, and August 18, 1920, when it was ratified, champions of voting rights for women worked tirelessly.
On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of three-fourths of the states.