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Suffragists no more, but voters!

Aged scrabook graphic with clipping from newspapers, a Votes for Women, pin, and other small suffrage-related photos and items

The Nineteenth Amemendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by three fourths of the states in August 1920.  It reads, in part, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Maryland was not one of the states which voted for the amendment. Eastern states generally were against such a change. However when the federal change was made, women in all states could vote.  The fight for women’s suffrage begun by Susan B. Anthony in Seneca Falls in 1848 was finally won.

Maryland women had fought for suffrage, against the desires and policies of the legislature in Annapolis. And Western Maryland women were very involved.

Visit the Western Maryland suffrage WHILBR Digital collection at