The Power of Mom

On 18 August 1920 Women throughout the U.S. won the right to vote. Congress had finally come up with the necessary 2/3 to send it on, and the proposed amendment was sent to the states for ratification.The Tennessee legislature became the 36th state to approve, and  the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was added.

According to This week in Peace History, “In the Tennessee House, 24-year-old Rep. Harry Burn surprised observers by casting the deciding vote for ratification.  At the time of his vote, Burns had in his pocket a letter he had received from his mother urging him, “Don’t forget to be a good boy” and “vote for suffrage.”

2 responses to “The Power of Mom

  1. “be a good boy and vote for suffrage” !! Made me laugh outloud. thank you, Sheri!

  2. yep… i laughed out loud too when i first heard the story. and goddess knows we all need to laugh more!

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