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On this day: Women emerging

“White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women’s suffrage,” leader of the American women’s suffrage movement Carrie Chapman Catt argued for women’s suffrage in Mississippi and South Carolina in 1919. Although the racist remarks of the activist could not convince residents of the two southern states, her struggle for equal rights proved successful at the federal level. The 19th Amendment, which grants women the right to vote, was adopted into the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.

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