Election of 1920 BY PAT SIDES


Braving a chilly wind, voters eagerly made their way to the polls in Evansville on November 2, 1920, including these happy women sporting the radically shortened hems that became fashionable in the new decade.

The election was the first in which women voted nationally, a right granted them when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed on August 18 of that year.

The Evansville Courier reported that numerous couples “went hand in hand, like the animals into the ark, to take an equal part in creating the laws of the land.”

Despite fears that a larger number of voters might create problems, the newspaper noted that courtesy and a “good spirit” prevailed at the polls all day.



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