The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, and Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and Division of Student Affairs are proud to welcome Lisa Tetrault, CMU Associate Professor of History, as featured speaker for our annual Constitution Day event.
In this lecture, Professor Tetrault explains how contrary to popular assumption, the right to vote does not exist in the United States Constitution or United States law. When women won passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, they did not win the right to vote, despite repeated claims that they did. Just what did the women’s suffrage amendment do, then? Clarifying this history, Professor Tetrault also positions 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is unfinished and ongoing today.
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