Turn the time machine back a full century for this edition of Throwback Thursday!
Women in the United States got the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Before that, though, the suffrage movement was fighting hard for that right.
This #tbt photo, courtesy of the PA State Archives and the Lackawanna Historical Society, shows suffragettes attending the 1914 Pennsylvania State Suffrage Convention at the Hotel Casey in Scranton. The hotel, now gone from the city skyline, opened in 1911. The suffragette’s banner reads, “Votes for women.”
The National Archives notes: “Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution.”
Women outnumber men when it comes to voting today. According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the number of female voters who voted has topped the number of male voters who went to the polls in every presidential election since 1980.
A side note: Across the pond, British women got the right to vote in 1918, but they had to be at least 30 years old. In 1928, that was extended to all women over 21.