Profile America: Women’s Suffrage



Profile America — Sunday, January 10. Legislation to grant women the vote was first introduced on this date in 1878 when a California senator proposed the necessary constitutional amendment. Called the Susan B. Anthony amendment, it was buried in committee for years and defeated when finally put to a vote in 1887. But some decades later, the matter was settled rather speedily. The 19th Amendment enfranchising women was proposed in Congress in June 1919 and became law in August 1920. In the 2014 election, nearly 43 percent of female citizens 18 and older reported voting, while not quite 41 percent of males cast a ballot in the election. Additionally, over 66 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote, while males had fewer than 63 percent registered.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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