American Bar Association Division for Public Education 2013 Leon Jaworski Public Program

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Has constitutional equality for women in the United States been realized? What about legal equality? How does equality under law or guarantees of equal protection promote substantive equality in practice? And what would be the consequences of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Would or should it retain the 1972 text? If modified, how and why? Is a federal ERA realizable? What are the key constitutional principles, issues, and cases related to gender equality and gender equity? Do they raise issues other than discrimination against women? What are the appropriate roles of courts, legislatures, and activists in advancing gender equality in our constitutional democracy?

A distinguished panel of legal experts will address these questions and more during our annual collaboration with the American Bar Association in observance of Law Day. Join us as we explore how organized efforts to advocate for women’s rights currently and historically have changed and are changing American law and society.

Cooperating Organizations
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Host)
League of Women Voters of the United States
Federation of State Humanities Councils


  • John Milewski

    Director of Digital Programming
  • Lynda Dodd

    Joseph H. Flom Professor of Legal Studies, The City College of New York
  • Jo Freeman

    Feminist scholar, writer, and attorney
  • David E Kyvig

  • Rogers Smith

    Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Julie C. Suk

    Professor of Law, Yeshiva University