The 19th amendment gave American women the right to vote, a right know as women’s suffrage. It was ratified August 18th, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. During early history in America, women couldn’t enjoy basic rights that male citizens could. Some examples are that women couldn’t own any property or any money that they’ve earned. Women were only supposed to focus on motherhood and housework, not politics. The movement for women’s suffrage was a small but growing campaign decades before the Civil War. It was not until 1848 that the women’s suffrage movement began to organize at a worldwide level. In July of that year, two women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, wanted something to change. They organized a convention held at Seneca Falls in New York and more than 300 women, men, and former African American slaves attended.
On August 26th, 1920, the 19th amendment was certified by the U.S Secretary of the State Bainbridge Colby, and finally women had the right to vote though out the United States. On November 2nd of the same year, over 8 million women voted for the first time. it did take over 60 years for the rest of the 12 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. Mississippi was the last state to do so, on March 22nd, 1984.