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Today at the Court - Saturday, Aug 15, 2020


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  • Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.
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Did You Know...

100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote


Since its signing in 1789, the U.S. Constitution has only been amended 27 times, including to ensure the citizenship of “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States.” In the 1874 case Minor  v. Happersett, a Missouri woman claimed that her state’s limitation of suffrage to men violated her rights as a citizen under the 14th Amendment. The Court rejected her argument, holding that voting was not necessarily a “privilege or immunity” of citizenship and that the 14th Amendment did not guarantee women’s suffrage. That guarantee came almost 50 years later with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. George Sutherland, who served as a Justice on the Supreme Court from 1922-1938, championed women’s suffrage as a U.S. Senator from the state of Utah prior to joining the Court.

 

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Portrait of Justice George Sutherland, 1933.
Portrait of Justice George Sutherland, 1933.
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“Woman Suffrage – Constitutional Amendment” Speech by then-Senator George Sutherland of Utah in the Senate of the United States, 1916.
"Woman Suffrage – Constitutional Amendment” Speech by then-Senator George Sutherland of Utah in the Senate of the United States, 1916.
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