As we commemorate the suffrage centennial in 2020, Dr. Julie Suk will join the National First Ladies' Library to discuss her new book, WE THE WOMEN: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment. The first ladies were of widely different minds about the ERA—Eleanor Roosevelt was against it; Betty Ford was an ardent champion for it. Dr. Suk and WE THE WOMEN will introduce audiences to the brilliant women who persisted across generations to change the Constitution. Their stories reveal why the Equal Rights Amendment still matters in the twenty-first century.
Julie C. Suk is a frequent commentator in the media on legal issues affecting women, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, and CBS News. The House Judiciary Committee cited Suk’s article, “An Equal Rights Amendment for the Twenty-First Century: Bringing Global Constitutionalism Home” in its report leading to the House’s historic vote in 2020 to remove the ERA ratification deadline. Suk is a professor of sociology, political science, and liberal studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she also serves as the academic dean overseeing the Graduate Center’s interdisciplinary master’s programs. Prior to joining The Graduate Center, Suk was a law professor for 13 years at Cardozo Law School in New York, and taught as a visiting professor at the law schools at Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, and UCLA. In Fall 2020, she became a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. She has lectured widely in the United States and Europe and has been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and LUISS-Guido Carli in Rome. She has a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she studied on a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where she held a Marshall Scholarship.
WE THE WOMEN: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment is available for purchase online.