The Myth of the 19th Amendment

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Originally posted on August 15, 2016 on

After this historic election season where women's rights played a starring role, discussions surrounding the 19th Amendment as a catch-all for women’s suffrage came to light. Though the Amendment did make it impossible to deny citizens the right to vote on the basis of their sex, claiming that it established universal suffrage for American women is a myth—millions of women were already liberated and millions more continue to have limited rights, even decades later. Steps in the right direction are being made, but there are still many, many miles to go.