On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the ratification resolution for the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, giving the amendment the 36th — and final — state necessary for ratification.

On August 26, 1920, all women gained the right to vote, thanks to the actions of the Volunteer State.

Tennessee Commemorates Ratification of the 19th Amendment with Reenactment of Historic Vote on the House Floor

“Our Century! Living Tennessee’s History of the Ratification.”  Video Recording now available!

The State of Tennessee commemorated its role as the Perfect 36 state with a live-streamed reenactment of the historic ratification vote of the 19th Amendment in 1920. With the vote, Tennessee guaranteed the right to vote for all women throughout the United States.  The event on August 18, titled “Our Century! Living Tennessee’s History of the Ratification,” took place on the floor of the House chamber at the State Capitol – the same day and place it did a century ago. This video of the hour-long streamed event is also available via the TNWoman100 Facebook page and YouTube page.

The new exhibition, To Make Our Voices Heard: Tennessee Women’s Fight for the Vote, opened at more than 85 venues across the state in August 2020. Created for the Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial by the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, To Make Our Voices Heard explores the history of the woman’s suffrage movement, Tennessee’s dramatic vote to ratify the 19th Amendment in August 1920, and the legacy that followed. Click to learn more about the exhibition and where you can see it.

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Events

Events celebrating the Woman Suffrage Centennial will be going on for the next year all over Tennessee. Featured and upcoming events are listed here, and a full Calendar is available.

August 18, 2020

Our Century! Living Tennessee’s History of the Ratification

The State of Tennessee will commemorate its role in the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, which occurred 100 years ago and guaranteed the right to vote for women throughout the United States, with a reenactment of the historic and close vote.

July 31, 2020 — June 30, 2021

Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote

Visit the exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum, which uses artifacts, documents, large-scale graphics, videos, interactive elements, and public programming to share the stories of the Tennesseans who came to have decisive roles in American women’s struggle to gain voting rights.

Official Merchandise for the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial

Purchase official merchandise from our official online store. All proceeds benefit the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Celebration.

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