Today marks the 89th anniversary of the day that American women finally secured the right to vote. On Aug. 26, 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which provides that 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.” Since 1971, every President has proclaimed Aug 26 “Women’s Equality Day,” following a resolution first put forward by Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) – a leader of the modern women’s rights movement.
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Today, this country has lost a towering voice and an unwavering leader in support of the constitutionally-secured rights and liberties of all Americans.
By Judith E. Schaeffer, Vice President
In a must-read editorial published yesterday, The New York Times’s Adam Cohen lays out a clear and compelling account of the historical implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to re-hear the pending and controversial case called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
In a 68-31 vote, the Senate has voted to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th Justice of the Supreme Court. She is the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman to serve on the high court. All Senate Democrats present voted in favor of her confirmation, and all but eight Senate Republicans – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) – voted against. Sen.
Today marks the 44th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed one of our nation’s most important pieces of civil rights legislation into law: the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
by Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
Several of the Republican senators who oppose Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court have based their opposition on skepticism that Sotomayor truly meant what she said when, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she pledged “fidelity to the law.” But it is difficult to see how these senators can assess Sotomayor’s fidelity to the law when they don’t seem to know what the actual state of the law is.
by Judith E. Schaeffer, Vice President, Constitutional Accountability Center
As we watch this week’s Senate floor debate on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, it is a good time to look back and see how the debate over Judge Sotomayor’s record has evolved in the three months since her nomination.