The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified 100 years ago in 1920. The text of the amendment prohibited denying the right to vote “on account of sex.” With the amendment, the voting population of the United States effectively doubled. But was the 19th Amendment about more than the right to vote? What other changes in the constitutional order did the 19th Amendment bring about? How does the 19th Amendment relate to gender equality? How did it relate to civil liberties more generally? Did the 19th Amendment change how we think of politics and the public sphere? In conversation with CMC’s Diana Selig, Elizabeth Beaumont PO ’93 and Elizabeth Wydra ’98, will look back over the 100 years since its ratification and reflect on how we should think about gender equality in American democracy.
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