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Suffrage and the Women Behind It
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On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, granting American women the right to vote.
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In 1920, American women voted for the first time, thanks to pro-suffrage activists such as Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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