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Suffrage (Eventually)

A detail from an Equal Suffrage League of Virginia poster demanding the right to vote for women, 1910s.
Today is National Women’s Equality Day, in honor of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. But wait, there’s more!

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Check out our entry on woman suffrage in Virginia, which will remind you that Virginia did not ratify the amendment until 1952.
IMAGE: Detail from an Equal Suffrage League of Virginia “Votes for Women” placard, part of a suffrage campaign from the 1910s. The cartoon drawing of a young girl in a trifoil helps to reimagine the Revolutionary War slogan, “No Taxation Without Representation.”

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