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Meet the First Chinese American Woman to Fight for Voting Rights That History Almost Forgot

Mabel Lee

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. This ended nearly a century of protest, which kicked off at the historic Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848.

The legislation, however, had very little effect on those outside the categorization of upper and middle-class White women. Among those excluded was Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, who actually fought for women’s suffrage.