Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


It took 72 years after the first Women's Right Convention in 1848 before the "Anthony Amendment" was passed by congress and ratified by the states. Seventy-two years of campaigns, petitions, pickets, strategies, and constant struggle in one of the largest peaceful protests in the United States. Women's right to vote did not come easily. But finally on August 26, 1920, the original text of the "Anthony Amendment," which was first introduced in 1868, was signed into law as the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It read, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." These simple words granted women a right they were denied in many states since the beginning of our country. However, the revolution that lead to women's enfranchisement continues today when women do not take advantage of their right to participate in the electorate process. This research paper will look at the issues behind women's voting apathy and what steps could be taken to inspire women to vote.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Human Communication

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