U.S. Constitution

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On March 10, 1920, West Virginia became the 34th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Months later, the amendment became law, guaranteeing all women in the country the right to vote.

The fight for women’s suffrage was a longtime coming in West Virginia. In 1867, a Pocahontas County state senator introduced a resolution endorsing suffrage. But the legislature voted it down. Support for the issue lagged until the 1890s, when suffrage clubs became popular in northern West Virginia, especially in Wheeling and Fairmont.

This year, September 17th is designated as Constitution Day in the United States. The designation is a result of The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005. Senator Robert C. Byrd's leadership was instrumental in the passage of the act and, as such, the designation of the event.

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