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A Message from DSBA President Michael F. McTaggart on the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment:

Today, August 18, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Amendment to our Constitution which granted the right to vote for half of the population who had no such right.? State representative, Harry T. Burn, cast the tie-breaking vote in the Tennessee Legislature to make that state the 36th to ratify the Amendment.? It is said he did so after his mother wrote him a letter encouraging him to do so.?

?So, now, for 100 years, women have had the right to vote, although not all women have had that right as we saw under Jim Crow laws and other tactics to limit the right to vote even today.? As a Bar Association, we recognize this important anniversary as a starting point, but acknowledge that the mere granting of a right does not always mean that everyone will enjoy it.? Where injustice precludes the right to vote, we stand against it.? We also acknowledge that diversity makes the country and the law stronger because law and society are not static.? They need fresh eyes, experiences, and viewpoints to keep them alive.? We are proud of the women who fought hard for the right to vote and of the men who were their allies.? But, we pray even more that this right to vote be exercised by everyone for the betterment of our city, state and country and that it be exercised with reverence for the important role it has in providing a future for our society and our laws.

– Michael F. McTaggart, Esq., DSBA President

And from our Women and the Law Section:

Today, August 18, 2020, marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment!?


The 19th amendment granted women the right to vote (although the fight for suffrage continued for some women well past this date).

Since hugging, high-fiving and other congregations of festive fanfare are on hold right now, we want to suggest to you a few ways to celebrate this historic milestone!



5 Ways to Get Down with the Centennial Celebration!


Get Curious:? Watch?a series of one-minute videos?that highlight people who made woman suffrage a reality—including those women who continued the fight for full enfranchisement beyond 1920.

Get Intrigued:? Brush up on your 19th Amendment history and its impact on American history with a?quick overview?from the first Women’s Rights Convention to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Follow along with?state-by-state?ratification of the 19th Amendment from first few states to ratify the amendment to Tennessee’s deciding vote on August 18, 1920 and the amendment’s certification on August 26, 1920.

Get Chatty: Talk with influential women in your family or life that have lived history to share their journeys and reflect on opportunities for women to participate in civic engagement throughout generations. Maybe even create an oral or written history, photo album, or social media posts to share or to inspire others to have their own conversations.

Get Artsy:? Did you know that the cat was the unofficial mascot of the suffrage movement?? In April of 1916, ?women suffragists Nell Richardson and Alice Burke traveled the country spreading the word about women’s suffrage and along the way they adopted a cat that ultimately became their unofficial mascot and a symbol of suffrage.? Take this time to channel your inner artist (bedazzle gun anyone?) and decorate your very own Suffrage Cat!? Bonus -this is a great way to teach children about women’s suffrage!


Get Comfy: How about curling up with your Suffrage Cat and finding the names of 20 Suffragists in a word search puzzle- https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/suffragists-word-search.htm

*Originality of ideas are credited to the National Park Service for their ?Checklist for 19 Ways to Commemorate the 19th Amendment Centennial (https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/19th-amendment-centennial-checklist.htm)

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