February 04, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to discuss 19th Amendment at ABA event

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2020 — To mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will discuss the amendment’s implications with Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at Georgetown University Law Center on Feb.10 in Washington, D.C. 

What:  
“Searching for Equality: The 19th Amendment and Beyond”
Sponsored by the ABA Commission on the 19th Amendment

When: 
Monday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m.

Where:
Georgetown University Law Center
Philip A. Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Justice Ginsburg has advocated for gender equality and women’s rights throughout her career, including as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, where she successfully argued that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment prohibited discrimination based on sex. Judge McKeown, who is chair of the ABA Commission on the 19th Amendment, has been on the Ninth Circuit since 1998 and presides in San Diego.

“I can think of no one more appropriate than Justice Ginsburg to talk about the 19th Amendment and the ongoing struggle for equal rights for women,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said. “When women were guaranteed the right to vote through the ratification of the 19th Amendment, it was the greatest expansion of democracy in our nation’s history. One hundred years later, there remains so much more to do to attain true equality. Events like this symposium can help bring greater awareness of that goal.”

The event is part of the ABA’s year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The association held a panel discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School in October on women’s political power from the 19th Amendment to 2020, and additional panels are planned.

Resources available to the profession and the public include a traveling exhibit called “100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future” and curated by the Library of Congress; digital tool kits to help support public and student programming; free streaming videos that can be used for commemoration events and programs; information on displaying the traveling exhibit; links to other organizations planning commemoration activities; state anniversary dates; interesting facts about the 19th Amendment and the battle for full suffrage; and a gallery of 19th Amendment images and photos.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Priscilla Totten at Priscilla.Totten@americanbar.org

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