Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

This year, 2020, marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which secured the vote for women by prohibiting the government from denying the right to vote based on a U.S. citizen’s sex. The amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and certified on August 26, 1920. It marked a major success for the women’s suffrage movement.

Celebrate 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment and learn about the Legacy of Suffrage

The amendment was a significant step forward in the fight for the vote in 1920. However, men and women of color were still denied their right in the United States through a number of voter suppression strategies until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Learn more about the history of voting rights in the U.S. with this article from Vox

Though the 19th Amendment ensured the right to vote regardless of sex, women were still far from equal in 1920. Women still experienced discrimination at school, work, in sports, and in other areas of life. The fight for women’s rights and gender equality continued throughout the twentieth century, and continues today.

In celebration of the 19th Amendment, UB Special Collections & Archives has compiled a list of digital exhibits, online guides and tools, and other resources to help you learn about and celebrate the legacy of suffrage, women’s rights, feminism, and voting rights.

Digital Exhibits and Resource Guides:

Check out these books and more with the Women’s History Resource Guide

Additional Digital Exhibits, Articles, and Resources:

Social Media:

  • Throughout August 2020 follow #19SuffrageStories on Instagram and Twitter from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and U.S. National Archives
  • Throughout August 2020 follow @rlblibrary on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more from the UB Special Collections & Archives celebrating the 19th Amendment and the Legacy of Suffrage!
  • During the Week of August 17-21, 2020 follow #MDSuffrage #MarylandWomenVote #ChroniclingAmerica and #HistoricMDNews to find unique stories, objects, photographs, newspaper articles, and more related to women’s suffrage in Maryland or about the broader women’s suffrage movement, all created/published in Maryland.
Our celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the Legacy of Women’s Suffrage continues with this article from the Evening Capital and Maryland Gazette newspaper of Annapolis, Md. dated 15 April 1922. The article titled “General Idea Back of the Pan-American Woman’s Conference” discusses the Pan-American Women’s Conference, an international event organized by the League of Women Voters and held in Baltimore, MD in 1922. The passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 sparked the creation of the League of Women Voters. The League has partnered with others in the U.S. and internationally to advocate for women’s rights. Find this article and more with the Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers database. 

We hope you enjoy celebrating and learning about the passage of the 19th Amendment, the legacy of suffrage, and voting rights! And remember– Baltimore votes!

After the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, the League of Women Voters continued to advocate for active citizen participation in democracy through education and services for voters. As this 1958 Proclamation shows, Baltimore City Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. Designated March as voter ‘Registration Month’ in Baltimore in support of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City’s work. See this document and others in the University of Baltimore Special Collections & Archives digital exhibit: The League of Women Voters: The Legacy of Suffrage.

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