July 29, 2020 Feature

From the Nineteenth Amendment to the Twenty-First Century: Bridging the Gavel Gap

By Elizabeth M. Yang

We are rapidly approaching the 100th anniversary of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. As with any major event, especially a constitutional amendment, there is resulting introspection and queries as to whether the purpose of its creation has been fulfilled. The Nineteenth Amendment, granting the right to vote to women, is no different. In order to answer this question, one must consider the premise of the amendment and apply it to present time. What circumstances created the need for the Nineteenth Amendment? What role, if any, did the courts play in its enactment? What was the intended remedy of the amendment? Has that remedy been realized? These questions can best be answered through an analysis of the trends and current status of women’s participation in our political process and the judiciary.

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