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

Battle for the Ballot

Statewide K-12 Student Competition!

The Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial including Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Tennessee State Museum, the First Lady’s Office, and the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office are sponsoring a statewide competition for grades K-12 to help students engage and reflect upon the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Tennessee’s unique role in its ratification. There are competitions for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and two competitions at the 9-12 level. Prizes for K-5 include an Apple iPad WiFi 32 GB for the top 3 winners in each category and the 6-12 grand prize winners will receive scholarship money in a TNSTARS 529 account. For more information, please see the informational flyer and send all inquiries to education@tnwoman100.com

Alice Paul sews a star on the suffrage flag, representing states that had ratified the 19th Amendment. (Library of Congress)

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.

Featured Event

The 19th Amendment: 100 Years Later

September 17, 2019 at Toyota Auditorium

October 9, 2019

Tennessee Historical Society Fall Lecture Series

Hear a lecture from Tyler Boyd, author and great grand-nephew of Harry T. Burn — “Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service.”