The Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment

The centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment gives state and local bar associations, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, educators and civic organizations the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of women’s constitutional right to vote, to educate the public about the Nineteenth Amendment and the battle for women’s suffrage, and to promote law that ensures women’s full and equal exercise of their right to vote and to participate in our democracy.

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Message from ABA President

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today.

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Support the Centennial of the 19th Amendment!

Your gift will fund programs and events through 2021 to educate the public about the history and legacy of the suffrage movement while inspiring people to understand and overcome barriers to voting.

Request the 19th Amendment Traveling Exhibit

The ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress has launched a new 19th Amendment traveling exhibit, "100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future.” The six-banner free-standing exhibit features historic photos and artifacts and details the story of the battle for ratification and outlines the challenges that remain. The exhibit can be sent to organizations across the country for their 19th Amendment programs. For information on the exhibit and how to request the banners, please contact Anne P. Brown at anne.brown@americanbar.org .

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Your Vote • Your Voice • Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100

The women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. Yet, honest reflection on the suffrage movement reveals complexity and tensions over race and class that remain part of the ongoing story of the Nineteenth Amendment and its legacies.

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19th Amendment Commission and the Centennial in the News

The nation’s lengthy struggle to enshrine women’s right to vote in the U.S. Constitution can be used to inform modern-day battles to ensure that long-ignored communities are guaranteed voting rights and full participation in U.S. democracy, according to panelists at “The 19th Amendment Then and Now: Lessons for the 21st Century,” held at the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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The 19th Amendment Then and Now: Lessons for the 21st Century

Friday, August 9, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco (Yerba Buena Salons 10 & 11) . This panel discussion will use the Centennial as point of entry to explore the legacies of the Amendment and engage in provocative conversations about how to ensure full and equal exercise of the right to vote for all.

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Video: The Right to Vote

Public Square Media offers this independently produced short-video feature exploring barriers to accessing the polls. The video is available for organizational use, free of charge; for more information, please contact Judy Doctoroff (doctor@publicsquaremedia.org) of Public Square Media.

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The Right to Vote

Public Square Media offers this independently produced short-video feature exploring barriers to accessing the polls. The video is available for organizational use, free of charge; for more information, please contact Judy Doctoroff (doctor@publicsquaremedia.org) of Public Square Media.

Tell Us About Your 19th Amendment Programs and Initiatives

Let us know about your events, programs and initiatives to celebrate the 19th Amendment. The ABA will spotlight programs and resources and make connections between organizations across the country.

State Anniversary Dates

  • Wisconsin

    June 10, 1919

  • Illinois

    June 10, 1919

    (reaffirmed on June 17, 1919)

  • Michigan

    June 10, 1919

  • Kansas

    June 16, 1919

  • New York

    June 16, 1919

  • Ohio

    June 16, 1919

  • Pennsylvania

    June 24, 1919

  • Massachusetts

    June 25, 1919

  • Texas

    June 28, 1919

  • Iowa

    July 2, 1919

  • Missouri

    July 3, 1919

  • Arkansas

    July 28, 1919

  • Montana

    August 2, 1919

  • Nebraska

    August 2, 1919

  • Minnesota

    September 8, 1919

  • New Hampshire

    September 10, 1919

  • Utah

    October 2, 1919

  • California

    November 1, 1919

  • Maine

    November 5, 1919

  • North Dakota

    December 1, 1919

  • Maine

    December 4, 1919

  • Colorado

    December 15, 1919

  • Kentucky

    January 6, 1920

  • Rhode Island

    January 6, 1920

  • Oregon

    January 13, 1920

  • Indiana

    January 16, 1920

  • Wyoming

    January 27, 1920

  • Nevada

    February 7, 1920

  • New Jersey

    February 9, 1920

  • Idaho

    February 11, 1920

  • Arizona

    February 12, 1920

  • New Mexico

    February 21, 1920

  • Oklahoma

    February 28, 1920

  • West Virginia

    March 10, 1920

    (confirmed on September 21, 1920)

  • Washington

    March 22, 1920

  • Tennessee

    August 18, 1920

Women's Suffrage Bibliography Resource

Following in the footsteps of suffragists who created "study clubs" the Alabama Bar Association has pulled together a bibliography of books, songs and movies for reading and discussion. Thanks to Sandy Reiss and the Alabama Bar Association!