The Jacksonville University College of Law unveiled the American Bar Association’s 19th Amendment traveling exhibit during a March 6 ribbon-cutting event in honor of Women’s History Month. Created and sponsored by the American Bar Association and Law Library of Congress under the leadership of College of Law Dean Nick Allard to promote civic legal education, the exhibit celebrates the 19th Amendment’s centennial and commemorates the long struggle for women’s rights which continues to this day.
“Exhibits like this are one way JU supports the extension of learning beyond the classroom,” College of Law Associate Dean Dr. Courtney Barclay said. “Students can visit as part of a class exercise or in between classes, but the outcome is that discussion is sparked, fostering conversations about these important topics with faculty and with each other."
The exhibit, titled "100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future" is on display on the first floor of Jacksonville University’s Swisher Library. The history of this milestone in our democracy and its relevance to the issues of equal rights today are depicted in a traveling exhibit that has been displayed at hundreds of public venues across the country.
"To recognize the passage of the 19th Amendment helps to bring light to a very important part of history," said Jacksonville University law student Marisa Materazzi. "It puts into perspective that without the hard work and determination of these women in the past, I wouldn't have the opportunities I have today; this exhibit puts Jacksonville University on the map as a champion of women's rights and the fight for equality."
Through a partnership with the University’s Center for Gender + Sexuality, this traveling exhibit is now part of the permanent collection of the law library for Jacksonville University students, staff, and faculty to learn from for years to come.