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How Women’s Suffrage Changed America Far Beyond the Ballot Box

For American women, the battle for the right to vote was long and hard-fought, pitting three generations of suffragists against the nation’s political and economic establishment. When the vote was finally won, with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, many women looked forward to profound social change. The activist Maud Younger thought…

For American women, the battle for the right to vote was long and hard-fought, pitting three generations of suffragists against the nation’s political and economic establishment. When the vote was finally won, with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, many women looked forward to profound social change. The activist Maud Younger thought she was about to witness “the dawn of women’s political power in America.”

Others had more modest expectations. “I did not expect any revolution when women got the ballot,”…

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