For today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (the Amendment itself was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919). Here's some fascinating history on women and voting in the US, courtesy of the National Constitution Center:
The first significant victory for suffrage advocates was in 1869, when the Wyoming Territory granted women voting rights on an equal basis with men and continued the practice following its admission to statehood.
In 1890, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was formed from two competing suffrage groups, led first by Susan B. Anthony and then Carrie Chapman Catt. While helping to consolidate efforts and reduce rivalry within the movement, suffrage activism still focused on individual states to pass laws allowing women full voting rights.
But by 1914, just 10 states had joined Wyoming and other legal efforts failed. However, the push toward national Prohibition helped the women’s suffrage cause, and the two issues became linked together as prospective constitutional amendments.
Of course, there are those who believe that women's suffrage was the beginning of the end of Western civilization. So, in honor of this special day, a Slog poll: