19th at 100: Commemorating the Suffrage Struggle and Its Legacies in Northeast Ohio Main MenuThe Road to SuffrageThe Struggle at CWRUNotable FiguresAfter SuffrageEinav Rabinovitch-Fox2e56e3d6b4b5f137a53bf7f9d80912f3b70a7958Lauren Dostal628641db4e19e9efe2242726f29ce1860e9c6baeIsabel Fedewa20dc403a88a0fde6c4856bc25beccbae49174777Jewel Yoder Kuhns34ffc591dd6b165c1079a95ab2c0ba1ad4aecf01Kellyn Toombsef2469033dbca72962b50fe7dea33c71c0a45069Abbey Wellsef2cda5c08d1ad75ae8532e3f202032ddc31cee0
On August 26, 1920, after Tennessee became the 36thstate to ratify, the 19thamendment was certified to the U.S Constitution. Although it did not grant political equality to all women, the event was an important victory in the long campaign to expand their rights and gain access to the political process.
On both the national and the local level, women utilized new tactics and ideas to claim a political voice and influence for themselves. Many working-class and women of color participated in the movement, seeing suffrage as necessary to gain economic and social justice. Yet their contributions were frequently marginalized by the mainstream leaders and are largely absent from the historical record.
19th at 100 situates the campaign for suffrage in the longer narrative of the ongoing struggle for women’s rights, giving special attention to northeast Ohio and our University. Showing the complexities and limits, but also the creativity and possibilities of the movement, this website revisits the 19thamendment and its continuing legacies.