Official Program

This Day (Getting Around to It Edition)

The other day we poked a little at Mississippi for just getting around to making official their ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery. So it behooves us to take note that on this day in 1952, Virginia finally got around to ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment, allowing women to vote. Just as slavery had long been dead in Mississippi, so had women long been a vital part of Virginia’s electoral process. In fact, the commonwealth elected its first two women to the General Assembly back in 1923: Sarah Lee Fain and Helen Timmons Henderson.
IMAGE: Official Program, Woman Suffrage Procession, March 3, 1913 (Library of Congress)


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