According to the National Archives Museum, most Americans consider the ability to vote fundamental to the enjoyment of full citizenship.
During the month of March, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
“Women’s History Month highlights the shift in cultures around the globe,” said Tech. Sgt. Ashley Goodman, 31st Force Support Squadron First Term Airman Center team leader. “It allows us time to reflect on what women have both achieved and overcome throughout our history.”
There have been many achievements for women throughout the last century, but in 2020, the U.S. is celebrating 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the states from denying the vote on the basis of sex, dramatically expanding American democracy.
This victory took decades of struggle, agitation and protest. American women were long denied the right to vote, but since gaining that right, they have succeeded in making their mark in the history books.