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Suffrage In Sixty Seconds: The Nineteenth Amendment

On June 4, 1919, the United States Congress finally passed the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing women’s right to vote.

Before going into effect, the amendment required ratification by thirty-six states. The Arkansas Assembly had already passed a state suffrage amendment and Governor Brough supported women’s right to vote. The Governor quickly called a special session of the Arkansas legislature and, on July 29 Arkansas became the twelfth state to ratify the nineteenth amendment.

It reads, “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.”

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