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What Is the 19th Amendment?

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What Is the 19th Amendment?

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals mainly with women’s rights to vote. The text states that the right to vote shall “not be denied or abridge by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The amendment was originally introduced into Congress in 1878, but it was not ratified as an amendment until 1920. Prior to its ratification, the U.S. constitution largely left the boundaries of suffrage (voting rights) undefined for women.

Who Supported the 19th Amendment?

Although the 19th amendment was met with much resistance, it passed on account of support from various political groups and persons of interest. For instance, Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive party supported the amendment and its provisions regarding women’s voting. Other famous people such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were known as suffragists, which are persons in support of voting rights for women.

Additionally, public and governmental support of the 19th Amendment can be seen in court cases like Leser v. Garnett (1922), which upheld the constitutionality of the 19th Amendment.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Constitutional Rights?

Constitutional rights are basic rights for citizens that are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. You may wish to hire a government lawyer if you have any concerns or disputes regarding your constitutional rights. A qualified lawyer can evaluate your situation to determine if your rights were affected. From there, your lawyer can assist you in obtaining the right legal remedy for your particular situation.

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Last Modified: 03-12-2014 10:30 AM PDT

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