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19th Amendment

Use this roundup of lessons, activities, and resources on women's suffrage to teach about this important step in recognizing equal rights for all citizens.
Published: 02/01/2015 Last Updated: 06/19/2020

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920. For the first time, women in all 48 states were able to cast votes on November 2, 1920. These lessons, activities, and resources help mark an important step in recognizing equal rights for all citizens.

Lesson Plans

  • Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes Students in grades 3-8 examine primary documents, identify methods used to influence attitudes about women’s suffrage, and create original documents to encourage voting in current elections.
  • Suffragists And Their Tactics Students in grades 6-12 examine two American Memory Collections to understand how the suffragists of the early 20th century changed the requirements for voting in America.
  • Teaching With Documents: Woman Suffrage And The 19th Amendment
    Provides primary documents and six activities that require students in grades 9-12 to work with the documents. NSH and NSCG standards are listed.

Activities

  • Women’s Suffrage Students in grades 5-8 can read about the Suffrage Movement and the 19th Amendment. A Teacher’s Guide and booklist are included.
  • Why Should Women Vote? The Suffrage Question Students in grades 7-12 analyze and arrange in chronological order eleven documents related to the women's suffrage movement following passage of the 15th Amendment.

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