President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which is subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.
The women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. Yet, honest reflection on the suffrage movement reveals complexity and tensions over race and class that remain part of the ongoing story of the 19th Amendment and its legacies.
Nancy G. Abudu, Deputy Legal Director of Voting Rights at the Southern Poverty Law Center, leads a team of legal and technical experts dedicated to ensuring the voting rights of minority communities and other politically vulnerable populations, primarily in the Deep South.
Join us as we explore the 2020 Law Day theme, Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100, and what it means for our next century of our representative democracy.
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