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Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100

The Maine State Bar Association invites Maine students to participate in its 2020 Law Day contests. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for the essay contest and students in grades 4-8 are eligible for the art poster contest. Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day honors the rule of law. Law Day, which is held annually on May 1, provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.

Law Day Theme: In 2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. 

American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice an action. The women's suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. Yet, honest reflection on the suffrage movement reveals complexity and tensions over race and class that remain part of the ongoing store of the 19th Amendment and its legacies.

All entries should reflect the student's interpretation of the 2020 Law Day theme by responding to the following prompt:

What impact has the 19th Amendment had on our society, culture, and democracy?

Read the winning essays here!

First Place:  William Sherrill, Lincoln Academy

Runner Up:  Cecelia Greenleaf, Mt. Ararat High School

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