It is safe to say that monumental changes in society have been brought about by war…and that is true in Memphis as well as the rest of the world. After World War I, the 1920's saw immense change in the work force as well as the home.
Men fighting the war were replaced in the workplace by women.When the men came home, the women were reluctant to give up their emancipation from the drudgery of housework.
Women also gained the right to vote, when the 19th Amendment was approved by congress and sent to the states for ratification. It all came down toTennessee, when the deciding vote was cast by 24-year-old Harry Burns. At the time of his vote, Burns had in his pocket a letter he had received from his mother urging him, "Don't forget to be a good boy" and "vote for suffrage."Women had finally won the vote.
After that, women played an increasingly important and prominent role in public life, even serving in the armed forces in subsequent wars and conflicts. And with innovations and new technology making housework ever easier, the "little woman" went to work and became a modern "Ms."
Our staff recommends the following link on the Woman Suffrage Movement.
Very brief summary of the Tennessee General Assembly vote.
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