Constitution Day talk features women’s fight for constitutional equality

Friday, September 18, 2020

This year's UNC Charlotte Constitution Day event features a talk by Tammy Sarver of Benedictine University. She discusses women in America’s long struggle to gain the right to vote as a constitutional right. While that quest culminated in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment, issues of inequality remained and continue to linger today.

Constitution Day, also called Citizenship Day, is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become United States citizens. It is celebrated officially on Sept. 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign the document they created.

 Sarver, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor of political science, pre-law advisor and Title IX coordinator at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. From January 2017 to June 2018, she served as the acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Benedictine. Sarver’s research interests include the role of attorneys in American judicial decision making, American Constitutional law and legal history, and sex/gender discrimination. She is currently co-writing an undergraduate textbook on sex discrimination that will be forthcoming in a West Publishing Company publication.