2020 55¢ 19th Amendment: Women Vote
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: August 22, 2020
First Day City: Bethesda, MD
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset, Microprint
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 30,000,000
Some women spent their entire lives dedicated to adding the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott were essential in the beginning movement. Their passion helped form the National Woman Suffrage Association and organize the first women’s right convention, known as the “Seneca Falls Convention,” in NY. They paved the way for the next generation of strong-minded women to continue their legacy.
Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, and Lucy Burns took the reins around 1910. Paul and Burns organized political protests and started picketing the White House in 1917. Even though they received the support of President Wilson a year later, the picketing continued until the House of Representatives passed the amendment in 1919.
The 19th amendment was ratified as part of the US Constitution on August 26, 1920. In illustrating the event’s new centennial stamp, the artist drew inspiration from vintage images of suffragettes. She created a stylized design of early 20th century marchers, using a color scheme of purple, white, and gold. Those are the colors of the National Women’s Party, instrumental during the later years of the movement in the fight for women’s suffrage. (By the way, the “NWP” is still going strong!)