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Celebrating Women's Voting in Tennessee

The Congress proposed the Nineteenth Amendment on June 4, 1919, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it.

That provided made three-quarters of the then 48 states needed to make Nineteenth Amendment part of the US Constitution.

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 celebrates August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.  Here’s why:

The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial was dedicated on Saturday, August 26, 2006. in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square.

The bronze sculpture depicts three women who were leading campaigners for women's suffrage: left to right, Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of MemphisLizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, and Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville.

The base of the sculpture features text on the campaign and a number of quotations from the campaigners, including the following by Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch:

"All honor to women, the first disenfranchised class in history who unaided by any political party, won enfranchisement by its own effort alone, and achieved the victory without the shedding of a drop of human blood."

Ten years later, on August 26, 2016, the Tennessee Women Suffrage Monument was unveiled in Nashville's Centennial Park.

It features five women who were in Nashville during the final ratification effort — Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga; Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville; Frankie Pierce of Nashville; Sue Shelton White of Jackson; and Carrie Chapman Catt, the national suffrage leader who came to Nashville during the summer of 1920 to direct the pro-suffrage forces. (Photo by Joel Kramer)

People will gather at Centennial Park on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:30am, to celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the monument’s one-year anniversary. Organizers say: "Bring a lawn chair, and join us as we celebrate the progress we’ve made so far!"

 

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  • That is awesome! I had no idea. Thanks so much for sharing this, Joe!
  • That is so great! I did not know any of that, so thank you for sharing it, Joe. :-D
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