One hundred years have passed since (white) women attained the right to vote. In the century since the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, American women have transitioned from an existence as mere objects of history to becoming active subjects of history. In 2019 and 2020, many programs and conferences were organized to celebrate the achievements of America's women and commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. The Section on Women in Legal Education hosted a program at the January 2020 American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting titled, “A Century Since Suffrage: How Did We Get Here? Where Will We Go? How Will We Get There?” Professors from law schools across the country submitted their proposals. A committee comprised of women in legal education reviewed the professors' proposals and selected those who would be invited to present their papers. A number of distinguished women law professors were selected. Their presentations each examined specific aspects of the so-far-100-year-old movement for women's equality. They provided diverse perspectives on the movement for women's equality including: arguments against state rescission of the Equal Rights Amendment, an analysis of the degree to which white women's becoming was in furtherance of the oppression of Black women, exploration of how infringements on women's rights are justified under the guise of protection of religious liberty, and an analysis of the history of women's fight for political, economic, and reproductive equality. Their papers are published in this Symposium Issue of the Duquesne Law Review.
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Rona Kaufman, Foreword: A Century Since Suffrage: How Did We Get Here? Where Will We Go? How Will We Get There?, 59 Duq. L. Rev. 1 (2021 )