Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

(1920)

Impact

Despite the many predictions made concerning the effects of woman suffrage, the actual impact was relatively mild. While politicians now paid greater attention to women's issues, political activity and legislation did not become more feminine in nature, as both detractors and advocates had predicted. The welfare and social causes perceived as falling into women's spheres found only slightly more favor than they had prior to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The suffragists also faced a difficult question: what was next.

After ratification, one particular transformation occurred rapidly. The NAWSA ceased to exist and reconstituted as the League of Women Voters. The avowed purpose of the organization was to provide responsible leadership and information for women who were new to political activity. Among their challenges was to chart a path between allying with existing political parties and forming an independent political organization. Catt and others felt that...

Image for: Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Nineteenth Amendment (National Archives and Records Administration)

View Full Size