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Women’s Rights and the 19th Amendment with David Adler

A close look at women's fight for rights.

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About this class:

This is a 4-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Mondays: March 6, 13, 20, 27 - 6-8 pm CST

Since the founding of the Republic, women have been forced to fight for the rights enjoyed by most men at birth. The long struggle to win the right to vote, and the challenges to gain equal protection of the law, form the essence of this class.  We review the early calls for women’s rights, beginning with Abigail Adams’s plea to her husband, John, and the fight in the 19th Century to win access to contraceptives and the right to vote.  We will bring a focus on the ratification battles surrounding the 19th Amendment, and proceed to more recent efforts in the courts to win equal rights for women. Extra attention will be directed to the groundbreaking contributions of legal giants, including Pauli Murray and Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Dr. David Adler is President of The Alturas Institute, a non-profit organization created to promote the Constitution, gender equality, and civic education.  A recipient of teaching, writing and civic awards, Adler has lectured nationally and internationally, and published widely, on the Constitution, presidential power and the Bill of Rights. He is the author of six books, including, most recently, The War Power in an Age of Terrorism, as well as more than 100 scholarly articles in the leading journals of his field.  He is currently writing a book on the landmark Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Reed, which had its origins in Idaho and transformed the law for American women.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will write the foreword to the book, the research and writing of which is supported by a research fellowship from the Idaho Humanities Council.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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