Woman suffrage is the right of women to vote. Today, women in nearly all countries have the same voting rights as men. But they did not begin to gain such rights until the early 1900's, and they had to overcome strong opposition to get them. The men and women who supported the drive for woman suffrage were called suffragists.
During colonial times, the right to vote was limited to adult males who owned property. Many
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the amendment, but the Senate defeated it. In 1919, the Senate finally passed the amendment and sent it to the states for approval.
By late August 1920, the required number of states had ratified what became the 19th Amendment. The amendment says, "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." Women now had the right to vote.