Featured above in illustration from book cover of Finish the Fight! (August 2020): Zitkála-Šá, Jovita Idár, Angelina Weld Grimké, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Mabel Ping-Hua Lee.
For women across the United States, August 18, 1920, marked a hard-won victory and the end of a long, sometimes brutal struggle. On that date, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women in the U.S. the right to vote. In the 100 years since that historic moment, women have participated in our electoral system not just as voters but also as candidates and nominees. They have been elected to office as mayors, governors, representatives, senators, and more, though not as President—yet.
In honor of this important centennial, we’re providing you with a sample chapter from the soon-to-be released (August 2020) HMH book, Finish the Fight!: The Brave Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, by Veronica Chambers and the staff of The New York Times. While names like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are known far and wide today, this book focuses on the lesser-known figures who helped lead the fight for suffrage in the U.S.—those from diverse backgrounds including Black, Asian, Latinx, and Native American.
The sample chapter is accompanied by activities below, designed to engage students and encourage them to further explore this major triumph for women’s rights.