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ABA to commemorate 19th Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School

On October 28, a panel of experts will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. They will highlight past, present and future efforts to create equal opportunities to participate in our democracy. 

Authors and editors participate in a Women's Suffrage Parade in 1913, six years before the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.

Authors and editors participate in a Women's Suffrage Parade in 1913, six years before the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.

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“Fighting for Political Power: Women’s Inclusion from the 19th Amendment to 2020” will take place at the Harvard Kennedy School from 6-7 p.m. ET, hosted by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Center for Public Leadership, Institute of Politics and the Women and Public Policy Program in collaboration with the American Bar Association.

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez will deliver opening remarks.

The panel will include LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Harvard Institute of Politics Fall Fellow; Virginia Kase, chief executive officer of the League of Women Voters of the United States; and Kathleen Sullivan, former dean of Stanford Law School. Sarah Wald, senior policy advisor and chief of staff, adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School, will serve as the moderator.

“The ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote, launched the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country,” Martinez said. “This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of voting rights and equal rights today.”

The event will be live streamed on the Institute of Politics’ YouTube page.

The ABA Commission on the 19th Amendment is planning more programs and activities to commemorate the centennial throughout the year, including a traveling exhibit sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress called, “100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future.”

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