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.

Rooney Center director Christina Wolbrecht is the co-author of the new book, A Century of Votes for Women. More information about the book, including events, available here.

Upcoming Events:

100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy and Our Future

Traveling exhibit sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Library of Congress
Monday, January 13 to Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kresge Law Library
Open to the Notre Dame community
Sponsor: Women’s Legal Forum

How Women Have Shaped the Judiciary (commemorating the 19th Amendment)

Friday, January 24, 2020, 4p.m.
McCartan Courtroom, Notre Dame Law School
Free but RSVPs required
Sponsors: Women’s Legal Forum, the American Constitutional Society, and the Notre Dame Law Alumni Office

Previous Events:

2019 Hibernian Lecture: "A Century of Suffrage: Catholic Activism, Class Consciousness, and the Contributions of Irish American Women

Friday, September 20, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Morris Inn Ballroom
Sponsor: Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy