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"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex"--Nineteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution.
In August 1920 the
Tennessee General Assembly
ratified the Nineteenth
Amendment and handed the ballot to millions of American women. The
amendment's jubilant supporters dubbed Tennessee "the perfect 36" because,
as the thirty-sixth of the forty-eight states to approve the amendment, it
rounded out the three-fourths majority required to amend the Constitution.
The legislature's historic vote inaugurated a new era for women and for
politics and secured Tennessee's place in the annals of American women's
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