Women’s Right to Vote

 

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25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote this date in 1915.

The Constitution did not define who was eligible to vote, allowing each state to determine who was eligible. In the early history of the U.S., most states allowed only white adult property owners to vote. These property ownership requirements were eliminated in all states by 1856. Tax-paying requirements remained in five states until 1860 and two states until the 20th Century.

Subsequently, the “right to vote” was expressly addressed in five Amendments to the U. S. Constitution, and they limit the basis on which the right to vote may be abridged or denied: The 19th Amendment (1920) is the one that gave women the right to vote: “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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