It took women more than 72 years of arduous struggle to win the vote (called woman suffrage) – from the Seneca Falls Convention on women’s rights, held in 1848, to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Victory was never assured until the final moment, when Tennessee became the last state to ratify the amendment – by a single vote! In the intervening years, the drive for women’s voting rights encompassed the lives of several generations of women.
A poem from Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times,
by Alice Duer Miller, published in 1915, Library of Congress,
Rare Book and Special Collections Division,
National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection