The Bipartisan Policy Center celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
“For more than seven decades—from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention to the final adoption of the 19th Amendment—women, and men, spoke and protested for women to gain the formal right to vote,” said Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, director of BPC’s campus free expression project. “From women’s suffrage to civil rights, reforms that advanced the interests of marginalized groups were achieved when people were willing to courageously and persistently speak up for what they believed was right. Free expression remains an enduring and essential tool for citizens to hold our democracy to its highest ideals.”
“It is noteworthy that after generations of disenfranchisement, women now consistently vote at higher percentages than men,” said Jason Grumet, president and founder of BPC. “On this centennial, BPC honors the leadership provided by women to our organization and the nation’s core democratic institutions.”