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We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment

"... remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

-- Abigail Adams to John Adams, Braintree, Mass., March 31 1776

Julie Suk is the author of We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment, the epic story of the 100-year-long battle to secure Constitutional equality for women in America.

A leading expert on women and gender in constitutional law, Suk bringing multidisciplinary expertise to the study of women, law, and society. A Professor of Sociology and Political Science at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Professor Suk currently teaches as a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

She's also a frequent commentator in the media on legal issues affecting women, appearing recently in Boston Review, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, PBS, CBS, and other media outlets. ​

We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment, charts the legal, historical, and political significance of the ERA's current resurgence, enabled by generations of women constitution-makers. Constitutional law scholar Reva Siegel said of We the Women, “We talk as if only men make constitutions. Julie Suk changes this.

She introduces us to the diverse cast of women constitution makers who supported, and opposed, the Equal Rights Amendment over the last century. Their quest showcases concerns missing in standard accounts of the Founding, and shows us how these concerns differed among women and over time. Essential reading for those interested in the future of gender justice.”

​If you’d like Julie’s autograph on a book plate to paste into your book, she invites you to write to her directly at

Janell Hobson is Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine. She recently edited The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories (2020). Her new book, When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination, is forthcoming this Fall.

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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