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The Vote

American Experience: The Vote

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. Watch the two-part series, view extra clips, and check out our special features on the film and the women's suffrage movement below.

  • Despite their victories, white suffragists were influenced by the prevalence of racism in America, and 'The Vote' shows how Black women were sidelined in the movement for suffrage. Nevertheless, Black women persisted and played an essential role in the movement, viewing the right to vote as critical in the larger struggle for racial justice.
  • In 1920, the United States saw the passage of the 19th Amendment, which ruled that women had the right to vote. In order to find and explore our own local history in the campaign for women’s suffrage, we decided to take a trek around the greater Boston area, visiting historic sites along the way.
  • American Experience’s "The Vote" tracks the culmination of the seven-decade battle that women waged to secure the right to vote. We chatted with WGBH’s Susan Bellows, the Emmy-award-winning acting executive producer of American Experience, and Michelle Ferrari, a long-time American Experience producer and writer who won an Emmy in 2003 for "Seabiscuit."
  • Working with a renowned photographic colorist to meticulously restore color to century-old archival stills, and video enhancement experts to upscale and colorize archival footage using neural networks, American Experience brings you an intimate look at the women who forever transformed the politics of social and political change in America.