The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which placed women’s voting rights in the United States Constitution. We invite you to engage with the resources we are gathering here to learn more about this topic. These include interviews with current leaders, policymakers, and historians about Oregon women and the vote, barriers to women voting, the vote and social justice movements, and the importance of voting today. We also feature research about what diverse women in Oregon were doing in the era of ratification through the lens of primary sources such as historic newspapers.

 

Woman Suffrage Prior to the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution (Ratified August 26, 1920). Modified from National Education Association.

Most Oregon women achieved the vote in 1912 and used the vote in a variety of ways. Oregon became the 25th state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment on January 12, 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.

For an overview of the history of woman suffrage in Oregon, a place to begin is Kimberly Jensen, “Woman Suffrage in Oregon,” Oregon Encyclopedia: https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/woman_suffrage_in_oregon/#.WrEd84Ih3q4