Every year, the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) receives hundreds of requests for the issuance of new stamps. Topics remain under consideration until the CSAC reviews the proposals, assigns them to a program year, and then makes subject and design recommendations to the Postmaster General. The League of Women Voters, along with other organizations and friends, requested a commemorative stamp honoring the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

I am pleased to announce that the Forever commemorative stamp honoring the 19th Amendment will be issued on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

A quick civics lesson: To ratify an amendment to the United States Constitution after passage by both houses of Congress, two-thirds of states’ support is needed. For the 19th Amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment), Illinois was the first state to ratify on June 10, 1919. Exactly 100 years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, the Tennessee House of Representatives approved the amendment by one vote. Tennessee was the 36th state, the required number to reach two-thirds at the time, and the constitutional amendment passed. Under President Woodrow Wilson, the 19th Amendment was officially signed by the Federal Secretary of State, Bainbridge Colby, and entered the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in full:

“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.”

To be clear, the right to vote was not “given” to women, as the fight for women’s suffrage spanned many generations. Therefore, do not take your right to vote for granted. Please be sure to register to vote, educate yourself on the issues and the candidates, and exercise your right by voting.

It will be wonderful to see these stamps on any and all correspondence. Thank you for supporting the United States Postal Service.

Marge Massarello

League of Women Voters
of Oak Park-River Forest

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