In 1921, Missouri voters passed a ballot measure amending the state constitution to allow women to hold political office. This was also the first election after the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting all U.S. women the right to vote.
The ability of women's votes to affect women's lives revealed itself instantly, and it's as pressing as ever in 2014.
Women's reproductive rights are being threatened in three states with anti-abortion constitutional amendments on the ballot. The 2014 midterm elections will determine how policymakers approach social programs and the minimum wage, both of which stand to impact many more women than men.
Nobody called Susan B. Anthony a "Beyoncé voter" or implored Elizabeth Cady Stanton to bypass the polls and "get back on Tinder or Match.com." Granted, they couldn't. But our women's suffrage foremothers didn't take shit from anybody, and we shouldn't either.
In that spirit, here are 27 images of women voting throughout history. Get inspired, then get to the polls:
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