Here a few words from Ohio Supreme Court judge and OU alumna Yvette McGee Brown:
On August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law and women were granted the right to vote. Just one sentence long, the amendment represented decades of struggle:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and aunts had long been considered the moral centers of our communities. They raised families, devoted themselves to the well-being of the men and boys in their lives and were the backbone of churches and social clubs.
Their voices could be heard in our kitchens, our churches and our schools. Then, they were heard at rallies—shouting, cheering and demanding an equal voice in the democratic process.
On August 26, 1920, that change finally came. With the passage of the 19th amendment, women’s voices were officially recognized. Finally, they were equals in our country’s important and lively political conversations.