Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The 19th Amendment at 100
“Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The 19th Amendment at 100,” is a year of celebration and scholarly discussion marking one hundred years of the 19th Amendment, which prohibited states from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex, though not all women would have the same ability to vote or to make their voices heard. Bookended by the anniversaries of the passage of the amendment in June 1919 and its ratification in August 1920, #19at100 will commemorate these historical milestones with interactive events, panel discussions and more at Cardozo Law School and other key New York City institutions.
Highlights will include a gathering of women judges from across the country; a series of in-depth conversations on topics both historic and current; a film series focused on portrayals of women’s suffrage; and keynote addresses by trailblazing women in politics, law, labor, and business.
Driven by themes such as voter rights, race and suffrage, changing definitions of gender, disenfranchisement efforts, and examinations of political life then and now, the event series will explore how the women’s movement has evolved since 1919, what’s still missing a century later, and what progress might look like in a rapidly changing world.
“The passage of the 19th Amendment was a watershed moment in the history of the U.S.,” said Dean Melanie Leslie. “A century later, we want to examine the pivotal roles of women in our society, our evolving definitions of gender, and how the law is adapting to these changes.”