The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote

Learn about the triumphs and struggles that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote.

 
 
 

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of voting rights for women, and as part of its Women and the Constitution initiative, the National Constitution Center has opened The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote. The exhibit traces the triumphs and struggles that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and features some of the many women who transformed constitutional history—including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells—and allows visitors to better understand the long fight for women’s suffrage.

The 3,000-square-foot exhibit features nearly 100 artifacts, including a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, as well as various “Votes for Women” ephemera.


View The 19th Amendment: Women Fight for Rights (1848-1877) online through Google Arts and Culture. This online exhibit mirrors the first section of The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote. In this first installment of a three-part series, discover how the early women's movement formed and later divided over race and tactics after the Civil War. Trace the movement through the Reconstruction era, as women experimented with new strategies to secure the ballot.

 
 
 
 
 

Interactive Content

The Awakening

The Awakening

Explore this interactive map to discover how women's suffrage at the state level paved the way for the 19th Amendment.

The Debates

The Debates

Explore the range of arguments that were advanced in the long fight for women's suffrage - and listen to the debates.

Drafting Table

Drafting Table

See how universal suffrage proposals first emerged and evolved to end gender discrimination in voting.

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