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Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

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August 18, 2020

Prominent women leaders in Florida’s legal profession reflect on the significance of the 19th Amendment – which established that women had the right to vote – in a video released today on social media by The Florida Bar and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

August 18th marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment: “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.” The video includes remarks from Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales and Board of Governors members Sia Baker-Barnes and Alice Sum. Other leaders featured in the video include Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, FAWL President Kimberly Hosley, and Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee.

“For the past several decades, women have voted at higher rates than men, even in midterm elections – so now, more than ever, the future is bright, and the opportunities are limitless for what women can accomplish in this country when we come together and vote,” says Hosley in the video’s introduction.

Foster-Morales said like the rest of the Constitution, the 19th Amendment “challenges us daily” to continue to aspire toward the ideals and principles embodied in the amendment.

“As only the seventh woman to serve as the president of the Florida Bar, I am truly indebted to those women who had the strength to shatter the most significant glass ceiling of all, thereby insuring our partnership with men in this great American republic,” Foster-Morales said.

The video may be accessed by clicking here.