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A Century of Women's Rights

Women's Suffrage Centennial 2020

"The Complex History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement" by Jennifer Schuessler | New York Times | Aug. 15, 2019
As the 19th Amendment turns 100, three exhibitions in Washington explore the contentious--and unfinished--struggle for voting rights.

    "Did [the 19th Amendment] grant the vote to women? Not exactly. Before 1920, 15 states, mainly in the West, already had full female suffrage, while others granted women partial voting rights.
    And after the amendment, which declared only that states could not discriminate in voting based on sex, millions of women of color were still barred from the polls. Most African-American women in the South, like African-American men, were blocked by poll taxes, literacy tests and other racial barriers, while Native Americans and Asian immigrants were largely excluded from citizenship entirely. "

Article of Interest in the North Carolina Collection

Women's Suffrage Movement in North Carolina


Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Women's Suffrage Movement
Revised: 19 August 2022

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