How the Nineteenth Amendment Improved American Education


Nearly a hundred years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which secured women’s right to vote, the United States has witnessed a growing movement towards gender equality and increased attention to quality of education. Three university economists analyzed the lasting effect of the Nineteenth Amendment on the education, literacy, and eventual income of adolescents in the following generation. They hypothesized that students who began schooling at the time of the Nineteenth Amendment had stayed in school longer, achieved higher literacy levels, and earned a higher income into adulthood. The team of analysts ultimately concluded that the timeline of women’s suffrage certainly contributed to an increase in local education spending and school enrollment.


For Further Reading:

Take a look at the actual study conducted by Esra Kose, Elira Kuka, and Na’ama Shenhav, which explores how women’s suffrage directly contributed to the longevity and quality of education for future generations.


Discussion Question:

How has the political landscape affected your academic goals? How do you think public officials can continue to improve education?


Action Item:

Vote! If you are of age, make sure to register to vote in your state. If you are younger, encourage others to do so as well. Every vote counts, and it can be too easy to forget that less than a century ago, women did not have suffrage.


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