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 the 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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Remarks from the Commission Chair

The centennial gives lawyers, judges, state and local bar associations, educators, and civic organizations the opportunity to educate the public about the 19th Amendment and the importance of promoting the full and equal exercise of the right to vote and to participate in our democracy. The ABA Commission on the 19th Amendment has developed a range of resources to assist in these efforts.

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Request the 19th Amendment Traveling Exhibit

The ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress has launched a 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 was recently awarded a 2019 GDUSA American Graphic Design Award. For information on the exhibit and how to purchase the banners, please contact Anne P. Brown at anne.brown@americanbar.org .

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Quick Facts

Learn quick facts about the women's suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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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Calendar of Events

Following along with us throughout the year as the ABA and various organizations celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. Let us know if you have events we can add and spotlight!

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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

This On Demand CLE panel discussion uses the Centennial as point of entry to explore the legacies of the Amendment and engage in a provocative conversation 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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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.

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!