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Sisterhood: SC Suffragists, A Look at How Local Women Helped Secure the Right to Vote

Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago, 1916.
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Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago, 1916.

On May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. Two weeks later, the Senate followed. The amendment was ratified and adopted, one year later on August 18, 1920. Getting to this historic moment took an almost century- long effort of lecturing, writing, marching, lobbying, and practicing civil disobedience for many women and their allies. Some of these influential players were from South Carolina, including the Grimke sisters, Rollin sisters and Pollitzer sisters.