Civil Rights

19th Amendment should be celebrated

We Americans are strongly conscious of civil rights, though for much of our history, fundamental ones were denied to most citizens.

As incredible as it may seem today, most states denied women the right to vote until 1920. In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment, providing for women’s suffrage, but the ratification process was not concluded until Aug. 18, 1920.

West Virginia ratified the amendment on March 10, 1920. Ohio had ratified earlier, on June 16, 1920.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has formed a committee to plan a Mountain State celebration of the 19th Amendment. A list of events is to be released early in 2020.

Good for Warner and others involved in observing the centennial of women’s suffrage. The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ought to be celebrated. At the same time, Mountain State residents should be reminded of the struggle for it and of a time when “voter suppression” was a very real thing for women. Our nation is both a success story and one of correcting mistakes, and we all need to be reminded of that.


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