Celebrating the Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment
From Seneca Falls to the Silent Sentinels, we present the 72-year fight to secure women’s suffrage in the United States. And while honoring the victory, we also explore the ongoing struggle for women’s rights. Through articles, timelines, quizzes, and media, we tell the story the way that only Britannica can.
Last year Britannica honored 100 trailblazing women who left their indelible marks on the world, whether conducting groundbreaking research or guiding others to freedom as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. This year we focus on the women who made their name at the ballot box. We highlight suffragists who helped secure women’s right to vote and the politicians who made history with landmark elections.
"I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I'm changing the things I cannot accept.".
The suffrage movement was launched in the United States at the Seneca Falls Convention.
American writer Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a landmark book.
The National Organization for Women was founded and later became the largest feminist group in the U.S.
The Women’s March was held around the world to support gender equality and civil rights.
Women's history Quizzes
Featured Women's History Quiz:
How much do you know about suffragettes, the “soldiers in petticoats” who fought for women’s rights?
Women in the United States were finally granted the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. How much do you know about this important event and the people involved? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
How many women have served in the Senate? Who was the first female to hold a cabinet post? Discover how much you know about women in the U.S. government in this quiz. Test your knowledge with this quiz.
U.S. Supreme Court case decided in 1908 that, although it appeared to promote the health and welfare of female workers, in fact led to additional protective legislation that was detrimental to equality in the workplace for years to come. Read more.
U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court invalidated a board established by Congress to set minimum wages for women workers in the District of Columbia. Congress in 1918 had authorized the Wage Board to ascertain and fix adequate wages for women employees in the nation’s capital. Read more.
Case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on June 19, 1986, ruled (9–0) that sexual harassment that results in a hostile work environment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans sex discrimination by employers. The Court also established criteria for judging such claims. Read more.