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, United States (USA) (American Colonies) - 1919 - June 4 – Women's rights: The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.


SENATE ADOPTS AMENDMENT FOR SUFFRAGE, 56-25
Congress Puts Votes for Women Up to States for Ratification - Long Fight

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5. - Action by Congress on equal suffrage - subject of a fight of 40 years duration - ended late yesterday, in adoption by the Senate by a vote of 56 to 25 of the historic Susan B. Anthony constitutional amendment resolution.

The proposed amendment, adopted by the House by a vote of 304 to 89, May 21, as the first act of the new Congress, now goes to the states ratification by legislatures of three-fourths of which is required for its incorporation in the Federal constitution.

The roll call today showed two votes more than the necessary two-thirds for the resolution, which was drafted by Susan B. Anthony in 1875 and introduced by Senator Sargent of California in 1878. Counting paired and absent members, the Senate actually stood 66 to 30 for the measure.

Senator Knox of Pennsylvania voted against the amendment. Senator Penrose, opposed, was paired with a supporter of suffrage and did not vote.

The Pennsylvania Legislature may be one of the first states to ratify or reject the Susan B. Anthony amendment to the constitution giving the right of the ballot to women. Following their victory in the Senate last evening, when the amendment was passed by a vote of 56 to 25, suffrage leaders began laying plans for carrying their cause to the various states, in the hope that the necessary 36 Legislatures will act favorably in time to allow women to participate in the 1920 Presidential campaign. Twenty states now have full or partial suffrage rights.


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The Daily Notes
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
June 5, 1919

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