In celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, it is my pleasure to introduce a special issue of The Georgetown Law Journal. This issue brings together a series of articles that examines the legacy of the Nineteenth Amendment and the ongoing push for equality.

The American Bar Association formed the Commission on the Nineteenth Amendment in anticipation of this historic anniversary. The Commission seeks to educate the public about the Nineteenth Amendment, as well as to honor those who fought for women’s suffrage and those who continue to fight for equality. In collaborating with The Georgetown Law Journal and the talented scholars who authored the essays for this issue, we hope to achieve both goals.

Ratified in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment promised—and still promises—that:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Continue reading Foreword.