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

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

“Our Century! Living Tennessee’s History of the Ratification” to take place on August 18, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. ET.

The State of Tennessee commemorates 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,” will take place on the floor of the House chamber at the State Capitol – the same day and place it did a century ago. The live-streamed event begins at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. ET via the TNWoman100 Facebook page and YouTube page, as well as the Facebook pages of the Tennessee State Library and ArchivesTennessee State MuseumTennessee State Parks, and Tennessee Historical Society.

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.

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.