The Tennessean (Feb. 13, 2020) — One hundred years ago, Tennessee cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women across the country access to the ballot box for the first time.
The move reflected our state’s commitment to civic engagement and put us on the right side of history, but it was not without risk.
Many Southern states, and even a significant portion of Tennessee’s own population, opposed the idea of women voting. Some powerful interests aligned against it. But our state’s leaders overcame these challenges and earned Tennessee recognition as a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement.