To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Falmouth League of Women Voters will offer frequent snippets of information about the fight for woman suffrage.
While most of the fun facts will be about efforts (and setbacks) in Falmouth, the Cape, and Massachusetts, some surprising tidbits will come from other states as well as countries where women in the 19th century decided they would no longer let men keep the ballot for themselves.
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was officially added to the Constitution.
Suffrage Snippet: Members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association traveled to Tennessee in March 1920 to persuade the Tennessee Legislature to become the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Pro-suffragists wore yellow roses. Anti-suffragists wore red roses; they were backed by corporate interests who feared the effect that woman suffrage might have on women’s pay and thus their profits. An “anti” flyer warned: “Men of the South: Heed not the song of the suffrage siren! Seal your ears against her vocal wiles! … NOTHING can be gained by woman suffrage, and much may be lost.”