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

What Does a Woman’s Right to Vote Mean to You?

Enter the “Battle for the Ballot” Statewide Student Competition!

Students from kindergarten to high school can win scholarship money, iPads and a trip to Nashville!

The State of Tennessee commemorates 100 years of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. The mark the occasion, we are sponsoring a statewide competition for Tennessee students from kindergarten to high school. Different grade levels will have different projects, from designing a suffrage banner, to writing a poem, public service announcement or speech, to producing a short documentary film. Prizes include scholarship money and Apple iPads. Winners in each category, and their teachers, will also get an invitation and travel stipend to come to Nashville to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment with us in August 2020.

Get started on your project today! Learn more about each project and how to enter at this link.

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.

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.

November 21, 2019

By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee, the 19th Amendment was passed in a turbulent, nail-biting legislature session, by one vote. The result: women in the United States finally had the right to cast a ballot. NPT’s original documentary By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South includes interviews with dozens of experts including nationally recognized Southern suffrage expert Marjorie Spruill and Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour.

February 18, 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.