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.

Welcome Message from First Lady Maria Lee

All Contests Now Closed. The Battle for the Ballot Contest Winners will be announced by June 30, 2020.

A joint pop-up exhibition project by The Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum project designed to foster local history and bring Tennessee communities together in commemoration of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2020. Click to learn more and reserve your copy of the exhibition today.

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.

February 17-20, 2020

72 Steps

Nashville Balletis excited to partner with TPAC’s HOT Season for Young People to present 72 Steps for school audiences during the 2019-2020 season. 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it.

February 27, 2020

Journey, Part 3

A performance and discussion with Dr. Alisha Jones of Indiana University and Dr. Douglas Shadle of Vanderbilt University celebrating the voices of Black women composers Nkeiru Okoye and Florence Price. The Women’s Chorus from MTSU will be performing Spring Journey by Florence Price.

March 17, 2020

“Road to Suffrage” Teacher Workshop

Teacher training workshop on woman suffrage and Library of Congress primary sources. This event has been postponed.

March 27, 2020 – March 28, 2021

Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote

This 8000 square foot exhibition explores Tennessee women’s political activities throughout the state leading up to the historic vote for ratification of the 19th Amendment and its implications in the century that followed.

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.