When the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby on August 26, 1920, women finally won the right to vote, a monumental step toward gender equality. But why weren’t women given the right to vote when the 14th and 15th Amendments were passed after the Civil War, during a period known as Reconstruction? That will be the main subject of this article, with a background leading up to those amendments and a brief conclusion.
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