Voting Tips from 10 Female ABA Presidents

To commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the 10 female presidents of the American Bar Association reflect on the suffragist sisterhood that fought to grant women the right to vote. The video offers an historical perspective on the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country while underscoring the need for continued vigilance to ensure equal voting rights for all.

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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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Standing Committee on Law & National Security

19 Women in National Security for the 19th Amendment Centennial

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and women's right to vote, NSLT interviewed 19 women in national security about legal issues and their careers in the field

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Georgetown Law Journal Special Edition

In collaboration with the ABA Commission on the 19th Amendment, the Georgetown Law Journal recently published a special edition commemorating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Articles in the publication address the 19th Amendment as it pertains to women’s rights, the intersectionality of gender and race, marriage equality, and voting rights.

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Join us for the 19forthe19th Challenge!

There are many ways to honor the legacies of the men and women who fought for and supported the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Find out more about the challenge and how to download a certificate once you complete it!

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Nineteenth Amendment Digital Centennial Cookbook: 100 Recipes for 100 Years

This digital “Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Cookbook: 100 Recipes for 100 Years” features recipes for dishes from five Supreme Court justices and other legal luminaries. Suffragists published at least a half dozen cookbooks leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The cookbooks were spiced up with irresistible arguments in favor of the Great Cause!

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The Great Unfinished Fight: A Conversation with Elaine Weiss and Judge M. Margaret McKeown

This special commemorative program featured a conversation between the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Chair of the ABA’s Commission on the 19th Amendment, and Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Learn the gripping story of how women won the right to vote and opened the door to future battles for civil rights.

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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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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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From the Office of the U.S. Courts

From Suffragette Sashes to Black Armbands, Law Day Distance Learning Focuses on Role of Courts

An unlikely connection is made between two rights activists from different eras. Suffragette Virginia Minor and Vietnam war protester Mary Beth Tinker were separated by 100 years. The video is part of a distance-learning package for teachers, students, and parents that can be used throughout the year for the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and beyond. It takes the women’s suffrage movement out of mothballs and places it into the context of its impact on other movements, including Vietnam War protests, and into the lives of today’s would-be change agents.

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Fighting for Political Power: Women’s Inclusion from the 19th Amendment to 2020

A conversation on the history of suffrage with IOP Fall 2019 Resident Fellow LaTosha Brown, League of Women Voters of the United States Virginia Kase, former Dean of Stanford Law Kathleen Sullivan, moderated by Harvard Kennedy School’s Sarah Wald.

Multimedia on the 19th Amendment

Podcast: 19th Amendment: Part 1

The prominent figures and events of the women’s suffrage movement of the 19th and 20th centuries can feel almost mythical at times. That’s in part because they are, in fact, myths. The telling of the Nineteenth Amendment tends to stretch from a convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 to the amendment’s ratification in 1920, but the true story is a much longer one. We explore the myths and unveil the realities in part one of two episodes on the Nineteenth Amendment.

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Searching for Equality: The 19th Amendment and Beyond

100 years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote in the United States, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit discussed that watershed moment and the continued fight for equal rights for women that has followed. Interested in using clips from our Conversations with Justice Ginsburg during your 19th Amendment celebration? Visit C-SPAN’s video library and use their clipping service to find the perfect clip for your needs.

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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 19th Amendment: A Woman’s Right to Vote

Voting is the most basic right of a citizen and the most important right in a democracy. When you vote, you are choosing the people who will make the laws. For almost a century and a half of our nation’s history, women were barred from exercising this fundamental right. This is a film about their long, difficult struggle to win the right to vote. It’s about citizenship, the power of the vote, and why women had to change the Constitution with the 19th Amendment to get the vote.

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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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Students In Action

Students around the country are helping fulfil the legacies of the 19th Amendment! One young person, Taryn Duardo from San Diego, California, helped by creating a website, What is a Vote, hoping to making "voting information easy."

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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.

Events & News

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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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

Learn about the various happenings of the 19th Amendment Commission by following our news coverage.

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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!