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How Colorado Women Won the Right to Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women across America gained the right to vote—something Colorado women had already been doing for 27 years.

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August 2020 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women across America the right to vote. In Colorado, we’re celebrating nearly 130 years since our state’s voters extended franchise to women. The fight for equal access to the voting booth, however, particularly for women of color, wasn’t over then. Here’s what it took to get us there more than a century ago, what challenges Colorado—and America—still faces, and how we honor the suffrage movement’s legacy today.

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