Today In History: Women Get The Vote

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, effectively granting the vote to women. Here are some photos spotted on Flickr Commons — from the decade leading to that day. There are a few fine-art photographers today who use large-format glass plate negatives to emulate the look and feel of photos from this era. It's a laborious process, but yields beautiful images like these.

Lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain leads a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., in 1913 i i

Lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain leads a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., in 1913 Library of Congress/Flickr Commons hide caption

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Lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain leads a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., in 1913

Lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain leads a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., in 1913

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Actress Margaret Vale was the niece of President Woodrow Wilson and an active suffragist. Here she holds the emblem representing the Oregon delegation at a women's suffrage parade, 1913. i i

Actress Margaret Vale was the niece of President Woodrow Wilson and an active suffragist. Here she holds the emblem representing the Oregon delegation at a women's suffrage parade, 1913. Library of Congress/Flickr Commons hide caption

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Actress Margaret Vale was the niece of President Woodrow Wilson and an active suffragist. Here she holds the emblem representing the Oregon delegation at a women's suffrage parade, 1913.

Actress Margaret Vale was the niece of President Woodrow Wilson and an active suffragist. Here she holds the emblem representing the Oregon delegation at a women's suffrage parade, 1913.

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British suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst addresses a crowd on Wall Street, New York City, 1911. i i

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British suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst addresses a crowd on Wall Street, New York City, 1911.

British suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst addresses a crowd on Wall Street, New York City, 1911.

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Suffragists in a parade, circa 1910-1915 i i

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Suffragists in a parade, circa 1910-1915

Suffragists in a parade, circa 1910-1915

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