19th Amendment Anniversary (August 18, 2010)

90th Anniversary of 19th Amendment
Today is the 90th anniversary (August 18, 1920 - August 18, 2010) of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution in the ratification process and the day was not marked with a Google Doodle, but with a message on the Google homepage. It is an important reminder of an important day in history, but it does seem a bit strange that Google chose the one-line message instead of a single Google Doodle.

The exact message reads: "Celebrating 90 years of the 19th Amendment since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote." An article over at MTV by Kyle Anderson makes the interesting observation that while the U.S. was founded on freedom, democracy and equality, it is rather hard to believe now that women had no vote for the first 144 years of its existence.

90th Anniversary of 19th Amendment
Ninety years ago today, women won the right to vote. Here is the text of Amendment 19, which was ratified on August 18, 1920, by the Tennessee General Assembly: "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. " Tennessee was the thirty-sixth state to ratify the amendment giving the necessary approval of three fourths of the states, the amendment passed by 24-year-old legislator Harry Burn changed his vote, at the insistence of her elderly mother.

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