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19th Amendment

Found in: social studies, 3-5, 6-8. 9-12

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.
  • Women’s Voting Rights Students in grades 6-8 identify social issues that affected women during the Progressive Era and compare social issues of the Women’s Voting Rights Movement to those of the 21st century. NCSS and NCTE Standards are listed.
  • 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.
  • Reforming Their World: Women In The Progressive Era Students in grades 6-8 create a club addressing a current reform issue. Students in grades 9-12 research a current-day reform organization.
  • 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.
  • Suffrage: The Changing Role Of Women Students in grades 11-12 examine the women’s suffrage movement as it relates to equality, rights, and responsibilities.


  • 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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