Join us for a presentation examining 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. Dr. Adler’s presentation will explore the ratification of the amendment and emphasize how winning rights in America requires persistence.
David Gray 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 a Forward to the book, the research and writing of which is supported by a Research Fellowship from the Idaho Humanities Council.
Dr. Adler’s presentation will be livestreamed and archived for future viewing.