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Today, Aug. 18, is the anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Today, Aug. 18, is the anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment — which gave women the right to vote — was ratified.

The amendment, ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment, which made it the 19th Amendment. A 24-year-old state legislator cast the deciding vote. At the time, he had a letter in his pocket from his mother telling him to be a good boy and vote for suffrage.

The Amendment was then sent to the U.S. Secretary of State for certification of its adoption.

Alabama ratified the Amendment on Sept. 8, 1953. Georgia ratified it on Feb. 20, 1970.

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