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)

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.