David Adler

A Constitutional Odyssey: Securing Passage of the 19th Amendment

Speaker:  David Adler

This talk examines the historic fight waged by women since the dawn of the republic to enjoy constitutional status, access and the power of voting.  Securing the right of women to vote represented one of the greatest story lines in the evolution of American Constitutionalism.  A nation that denied the franchise to half of its population mocked democratic values and the principle of equal protection of the law.  Adler’s presentation explores the ratification of the 19th amendment and emphasizes how winning rights in America requires persistence.