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Celebrating Women's History Month: Pathbreaking Women in Politics

By Victoria Blue | National Archives News

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2021 — Just over 100 years after women gained the right to vote, a woman stepped into the White House as the Vice President of the United States.

Vice President Kamala Harris is the first woman to hold the second-highest leadership position in our nation’s government. 

In 1920, the newly ratified 19th Amendment prohibited the states from denying the vote on the basis of sex and secured American women’s right to vote in the Constiution. This landmark voting rights victory was made possible by decades of suffragists’ persistent political engagement.

This persistence did not stop in the voting booth. Women continued the fight for equality by running for political office at all levels of local, state, and federal government—and winning.

This Women’s History Month, we take a brief look at the women who paved the way for Madame Vice President.