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On this day in 1919, the United States congress passed the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote!

The outcome of seventy-two years of struggle since Lucretia Mott’s first women’s rights convention rested in the hands of 24-year-old state legislator Harry Burn. When it came time to vote, Burn, who had been against ratification, received a letter from his mother. “Dear son… Vote for suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt… Don’t forget to be a good boy…” He did not waste a moment. He voted for suffrage, and the law was enacted.

Leading up to Burn’s decision is a historical lineage of women including Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth and many others who fought for their right to vote.

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