The Yellow Rose of Democracy by Karla Drenner



This year marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This is also my 20th year serving in the Georgia House of Representatives which makes writing this blog even more exciting.


I remember my first year in office when I received a “yellow rose” to wear. I knew the rose symbolized a women’s right to vote but was unaware of how national history came down to a single state legislative vote. After Congress passed the amendment in 1919, it had to be ratified by at least 36 states. In 1920, Tennessee became the deciding 36th state, but not without some excitement.


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