At 8 a.m. on that day, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation which stated:
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2: Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.An earlier form of the amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator A.A. Sargent of California. Although the bill died in committee, it would be brought before Congress nearly every year for the next 40 years. Finally in 1919 during the 66th Congress, Representative James R. Mann of Illinois introduced the amendment in the House on May 19th. Two days later, on May 21st the House passed it by a vote of 304 to 88, clearing the way for the Senate vote the following month and then ratification by the states.