September 05, 2019
Maine Governor Janet Mills recently hosted a tea at the Blaine House to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote.
Elizabeth De Wolfe, Ph.D., professor of history, and Jennifer Tuttle, Ph.D., Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature and Health and professor of English, Women’s and Gender Studies Programattended the ceremony and were featured in a report on WMTW.
“It’s important for the younger generation to remember the struggles that women went through, not just in the last 100 years, but 200 and 300 years,” De Wolfe told WMTW.
The 19th amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, ending nearly a century of protest. Women were not allowed to vote until it was ratified more than a year later on August 18, 1920.