2020 Law Day Planning Guide

View these free voting and 19th Amendment resources to help plan your events and activities.

Your Vote • Your Voice • Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100

The women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. Yet, honest reflection on the suffrage movement reveals complexity and tensions over race and class that remain part of the ongoing story of the Nineteenth Amendment and its legacies.

Lesson Plans

Elementary - Picture Books to Inspire Discussion

A list of inspiring stories available for purchase at Amazon.com. These are stories about the fight for women’s suffrage, based on the experiences of real women. You will also find stories that teach children the power of elections and voting.

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Middle School - Let's Start a Petition!

This lesson discusses the constitutional right to petition, and how petitions have been used in American history. The suffragists and other actors throughout American history used petitions to accomplish their goals. Students will review historical and contemporary petitions and offer ideas about how petitions might be used in their community or state.

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High School - Philosophical Chairs Facilitator Discussion Guide: Should the Voting Age be Lowered to 16?

Philosophical Chairs is a structured form of discussion founded on using evidence to develop an informed response to a prompt on a current issue. In this strategy, students determine their perspective on the prompt, varying points of view on the issue based on text evidence, and actively persuade others to join their position. Students may change their position or perspective on the topic throughout the activity. The goal of Philosophical Chairs is to persuade others and be open to persuasion, not to reach a consensus about a topic.

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Suggested Resources

Use these helpful resources to provide more information about the 19th Amendment. They include books, periodicals, videos and other multimedia.

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Insights | Vol. 20 - Issue 1

Insights | Vol. 20 - Issue 1

The 19th Amendment at 100

The ratification of the 19th Amendment in August of 1920 was a pivotal moment, the culmination of a more than 70-year struggle to gain voting rights for women. But what happened after ratification? Explore the connection between women’s rights and contemporary equal rights and ballot issues, even watch video explaining ratification and petitions, and listen to an audio interview with Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour.”

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Women’s Suffrage Timeline

View a timeline of important dates in the journey to 19th Amendment.

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19th Amendment Gallery

Click here to view a gallery of images, ads, and cartoons related to the 19th Amendment.

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Quick Facts

Learn quick facts about the women's suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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20 Suffragists to Know for 2020

This online resource provides short biographies of 20 women and men who fought for women's suffrage. They lived across the United States, and came from around the world. Some were active in the battle for women's right to vote in the early 1800s, others worked to educate and enroll voters into the late 1900s and beyond.

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