August 20, 2020 Feature

Women’s Suffrage: The Fight for Inclusion in the 14th and 15th Amendments

by Rolf C. Schuetz Jr.
Why weren’t women given the right to vote during the Reconstruction era?

Why weren’t women given the right to vote during the Reconstruction era?

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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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