Soon thereafter, 17 states had ratified it, but suffragists still needed another 19 states to approve. The campaigns in each state were exhaustive, but finally, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment.
On August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the amendment into law, enfranchising millions of American women across the country.
Following the victory, the National American Woman Suffrage Association ceased to exist, but its organization formed the nexus of the League of Women Voters, which emphasized voter education, civic participation, and the advancement of women.
Mary Wood Park became the first president of the League. The National Women's Party mounted Women for Congress campaigns to support women candidates. In 1923 the organization introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), hoping to secure full equality for women in the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, although the ERA was passed by the Senate in 1972, it has never been officially ratified.
There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.