One hundred years ago Sunday, a group of men gathered in the House chambers at the Capitol in Bismarck to decide whether to allow their wives, mothers, daughters and sisters the right to vote.
Of the 108 lawmakers present, 102 chose to extend full suffrage to women, making North Dakota the 20th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. It reads, in part: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
When enough states followed suit the following summer, women in North Dakota and beyond finally had equality at the ballot box.
And they showed up in droves on Election Day that November.