Sex and the Constitution (Afternoon Session)
The Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women's History
Sun, March 4th, 2018 |
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Note: This event is sold out. Standby tickets are available. 
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The Center for Women’s History  is pleased to present the third annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History, a cornerstone of the Center’s series of public and scholarly programs. This year through a keynote address and panel discussions, leading scholars of history and law explore the ways in which the U.S. Constitution has defined, protected, and regulated the rights and freedoms of sexuality, marriage, and reproduction throughout our nation’s history.

Speakers look at key Supreme Court cases, as well as the political, social, and cultural contexts in which they were decided. They also consider how American women have worked to guarantee and expand these rights and freedoms, both inside and outside of the courtroom, and what the future of law and organizing holds.


2 PM
Sex and Equality in the Age of Trump: 
In the epilogue to Sex and the Constitution (2017), Geoffrey Stone writes, “our nation has taken an important step in our protection of human dignity and equality.” The 2016 election complicated this progress, even while it has also sparked new activism, journalism, and resistance. Panelists will discuss law, politics, and organizing today.
Virginia Espino, Oral historian and lecturer, University of California at Los Angeles;
Filmmaker, “No Más Bebés
Katherine Franke, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO,  National Women’s Law Center
Moderator: Irin Carmon, Journalist (Washington Post, MSNBC) and Author (The Notorious RBG, 2015)

3:15 PM
Reflecting on "Sex and the Constitution"

Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Amy Adler, Emily Kempin Professor of Law, New York University

4:30 PM 
Closing Remarks

Valerie Paley, Chief Historian and Director, Center for Women’s History, New-York Historical Society


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line before each session of the conference. Individuals are welcome to line up ten minutes before the session is set to begin. At this point we will begin to ascertain if additional seating is available. Shortly before the program begins, we will allow people from the standby line into the Auditorium if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee participation. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

Major funding for the programs of the Center for Women’s History has been provided by Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Jean Margo Reid, The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton, Eric J. & Daria L. Wallach, Diana and Joseph DiMenna, Deutsche Bank, Claudine and Fred Bacher, James Basker and Angela Vallot, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Hogan Lovells, and The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation.

Image: American Field Service Recruiting Poster, 1917, by Charles Dana Gibson. New-York Historical Society, 92992d. 

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