Constitution Day Talk Features Women’s Fight For Constitutional Equality

This year’s UNC Charlotte Constitution Day event features a talk by Tammy A. Sarver of Benedictine University, discussing women in America’s long struggle to gain the right to vote as a Constitutional right. While that quest culminated 100 years ago 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. UNC Charlotte each year for Constiution Day provides a free educational event for the campus and the broader community.

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 also 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 a undergraduate textbook on sex discrimination which will be forthcoming in a West Publishing Company publication.

Sarver’s talk is available virtually, in response to COVID-19 distancing considerations.