The Vote | American Experience

Jul 7, 2020

WATCH NOW | Meet the unsung heroes of the movement and relive the fiery, dramatic and unrelenting campaign that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

This new four-hour, two-part documentary series, tells the dramatic story of the epic — and surprisingly unfamiliar — crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement’s final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box, and illuminates the myriad social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in their path. The Vote delves into the  controversies that divided the nation in the early 20th century –– gender, race, state's rights, and political power — and reveals the fractious dynamics of social change. 

Part 1 | WATCH NOW

Explore how the challenges facing the women's suffrage movement, including internal debates over radical tactics and the place of Black women within the movement, shaped the battle in the crucial period from 1906-1915.

Part 2 | WATCH NOW

Watch the final four years, 1916-1920, of the campaign for the passage of the 19th amendment and meet some of the unsung women whose tireless work would finally ban discrimination at American polls based on sex

The documentary is part of the PBS Trailblazers summer programming lineup honoring the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment of women’s suffrage.