Women's Suffrage Centennial
Notre Dame Commemorates the Centennial of Women's Suffrage
"It is incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won. It has just begun."
-- Alice Paul, 1920
2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits the denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. The 100th anniversary of the largest expansion of the eligible electorate in American history is an opportunity to examine the suffrage movement and how women have used their right, as well as broader questions about voting rights, gender, intersectionality, and political inclusion in the United States—issues of great central importance to American democracy today.
This page highlights the programming related to the suffrage centennial offer on campus this year, including lectures, book discussions, courses, film series, and more, all related to the themes of voting rights, gender, and democratic inclusion. Check back often as new events are scheduled and announced.
Christina Wolbrecht, professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, will facilitate the first discussion of the semester.
Pizza, Pop, and Politics is a monthly event through ND Votes which creates a space to discuss political issues with faculty and engage through civil discourse. All are welcome.
Notre Dame Law School will host a panel discussion, How Women Have Shaped the Judiciary, to commemorate the 19th Amendment centennial of women’s right to vote. The panelists include:
Chief Justice Loretta Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court
Judge Elizabeth Tavitas ’85, ’90 J.D. of the Indiana Court of Appeals
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.…
Tara McCarthy will deliver the 2019 Hibernian Lecture, “A Century of Suffrage: Catholic Activism, Class Consciousness, and the Contributions of Irish American Women,” on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the Morris Inn Ballroom at the University of Notre Dame. McCarthy is associate professor of history at Central Michigan University and author of Respectability and Reform: Irish American Women’s Activism, 1880–1920…