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Black Women, The Right To Vote And The 19th Amendment

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The 19th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago this week. ANDREW HARNIK/Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP hide caption

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The 19th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago this week.

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In 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. But the struggle to attain that right was a long one. It was fraught with violence, political turmoil and social upheaval.

Many of the earliest activists in the women's suffrage movement didn't even live to cast their ballots. And Black women, who were among the first suffragists, continued to face barriers to voting for decades.

We delve into the lives of some of those Black women who were on the front lines of African American activism and helped all women secure the right to vote.

We heard from Brittany Packnett Cunningham, co-founder of Campaign Zero, an organization that researches policy-backed solutions to ending police brutality and Kate Clarke LeMay a historian at the National Portrait Gallery during the episode.

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