Warren Harding Meets with Supporters of Voting Rights for Women ca. 1919
In 1918 the issue of suffrage for women came before Congress, supported by President Wilson. The amendment failed to pass in the Senate, however, and it was not until the next year that the issue was voted on and passed. Wilson's successor, Warren Harding, was praised by suffragists for his support of the amendment. The vote then went out to the states, where suffragist leaders such as Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul worked tirelessly to get the amendment ratified. In 1920 the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote.