“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled, the more I gain.” — Susan B. Anthony, American Social Reformer & Women’s Rights Activist —
99 years ago today, Tennessee narrowly became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving the amendment the approval from the required two-thirds majority of states to make it the law of the land. The 19th Amendment provided women’s suffrage — the universal right to vote throughout the country in local, state and federal elections — ending a long-festering political and social struggle that began decades years earlier with crusading activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Anthony and Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869, sparking a movement of lobbying for women’s rights that surged in popularity after the turn of the 20th century as women were beginning to enter the workforce and receive higher education.