19th Amendment: The Woman’s Vote

It’s only been a short ninety years since women were given the right to vote. On August 18, 1920 the Tennessee General Assembly instigated the notion that no voter shall be denied the voting process based on sex. Tennessee was the thirty-sixth state to approve the amendment. The backside of the story  is that the 19th Amendment passed because one legislator changed his vote.

Harry Burn changed his vote after his elderly mother urged him to think about the situation and then make a vote that was in the best interest of everyone. The Democratic National Committee feels this was an accomplishment of their party and the historic movement for women. To further prove the importance of this day in history, Sarah Palin endorsed several new female candidates on Facebook and Twitter today. The 19th amendment is a historical event and no one needs Palin to confirm it.

As the law began to build momentum, the 14th amendment was passed in 1868 giving all men equal protection under the law. However, this amendment was specific to clarify that men were given the protection, not women. By the time the 15th amendment was written, all men were given the right to vote but women were still left out of the process. Finally, in 1920, the 19 amendment passed allowing women to the right to vote.