By mid-1920, 35 states had voted to ratify the deeply divisive 19th Amendment — one state short of the 36 needed to add the amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Eight other states already had rejected it. Connecticut, Vermont, North Carolina and Florida refused to even consider it.

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Wayne D Holt

I regret having missed reading this when it was first published, Margaret. More than any other lesson, I think it teaches us that we never know when we will be pivotal in a struggle to right wrongs. Who could have predicted that giving half of America a voice in our political process in one day would fall to a 24-year old in Tennessee?

The role we play in life, our fate, is inexplicable. Luckily, we don't have to be able to explain it. We just have to be ready to do the right thing if and when we're called on.

Great story, thanks for the inspiration!

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