The 19th Amendment, which was ratified in 1920, removed the gender restriction to voting—a significant milestone for democracy! Before this groundbreaking amendment, women couldn’t vote in national elections. In some states, women were also banned from voting in local elections. However, even after the 19th Amendment, many states passed laws discriminating against women of color—laws that were not eliminated until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today, in 2020, in some states voting laws and barriers remain in place that impede women, especially women of color, from participating in elections. And yet women continue to demand their right to vote in elections and are running for office in higher numbers than ever before.