This year August 18th was the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution- heralded as the turning point for women’s voting rights in America.
Textbooks hail the amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, under President Warren Harding, as a “milestone” guaranteeing voting rights to women.
In 1973, Congress designated August 26, the date the amendment was officially certified, as Women’s Equality Day — honoring, in the words of then-President Richard Nixon, “the first step toward full and equal participation of women in our Nation’s life.”  

The 19th Amendment reads: “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.