The Nineteenth Amendment at 100

The Houston, Dallas, and Austin Federalist Society Chapters are pleased to invite you to join us as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and accomplishments of women in the law, particularly the recent confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, with our distinguished panel of women judges.  The Nineteenth Amendment was passed in 1919, ensuring the right of women to vote after decades of advocacy for its passage.  The constitution as drafted left suffrage undefined, but as states adopted their own constitutions by 1807 all states withheld the right from women.  During the reconstruction era, the women’s suffrage movement accelerated in momentum, resulting in several unsuccessful attempts to gain the right to vote through litigation and ultimately success through the constitutional amendment process.

Our panelists will discuss the history of women’s voting rights and the origins of the Nineteenth Amendment, the suffrage movement and key leaders in ratification efforts, and the legacy that the suffrage movement has left in American law today. They will also discuss the confirmation of Justice Amy Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Barrett’s jurisprudence, and how Justice Barrett is likely to shape the court in the future. The panel will also cover key legal developments that have impacted women’s rise to the top of corporate America, and also to the bench. 


  • Hon. Edith Jones, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. Jennifer Elrod, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Senior Counsel, Enterprise Products, and former Judge, 190th District Court, Texas

Registration has closed. Please contact Alesondra Cruz at with any questions.