2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a major albeit incomplete expansion of voting rights to include women for the first time.
As the 19th amendment states, “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.”
2020 also marks the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906), a Rochester resident who played a crucial role as suffrage leader.
Here at RIT, we are celebrating these two milestones through a series of initiatives focused on the history of women’s voting activism; the problems and questions that the 1920 expansion of voting rights opened and left unsolved; and the work that remains to be done to continue expanding political representation and participation for all women.
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