On December 4, 1919, the South Dakota Legislature convened for a special session to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment went into effect on August 18, 1920, granting the women across the nation the right to vote.
Well before 1920, however, women in South Dakota had achieved the right to vote, but the fight was not easy. The campaign for women’s suffrage in South Dakota lasted over two decades, with proposed amendments failing in 1894, 1898, 1910, 1914 and 1916 before finally passing in 1918, according to Patrick M. Garry’s The South Dakota State Constitution. South Dakota was such a hot spot for the suffrage movement that Susan B. Anthony traveled to the state for several months to assist with campaign efforts in 1889.
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