Golden Heart History: Margaret Vale and the 19th Amendment

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On August 26, 1920 the United States adopted the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It was a battle that lasted decades through figure heads like Mary Church Terrell and Susan B. Anthony. Many people in the Suffrage Movement gathered to pressure the government, including Margaret Vale.

Margaret Vale 1915 New York. (Library of Congress)

Vale, the niece-in-law to the 28th president in Woodrow Wilson, used her platform to pressure Wilson who was against the proposal of the 19th Amendment.

"Woodrow Wilson was not at all in favor passing the proposed 19th amendment -- and both Margaret, his nephew's wife and some of Wilson's step-daughters were outspoken for the right to vote." said Sue Sherrif of the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley.

Vale wasn't the only factor in terms of making change. There were many women who stepped forward to change the narrative. In Alaska, one of their biggest voices was Elizabeth Peratrovich, who helped get The Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945 for Alaska.

"I of course think it is very important especially with these days where we're looking for social and racial justice. The history of voting in the United States was a big part of the movement." said Sherrif.

The 100th anniversary is set to happen on August 26 this year, and in 1913 the territory of Alaska voted to give women the right to vote.

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