William Woods University will observe Constitution Day Monday with a speech by Shirley Breeze, a member of the national board of the American Association of University Women.
Breeze will speak about “Our Unfinished Constitution,” a reference to the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified.
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal holiday that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution. It is observed annually on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
Federal law enacted in 2004 requires that all high schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funds hold an educational event about the Constitution on Sept. 17.
Breeze, who also is a retired college professor from St. Louis, Mo., will speak about the Equal Rights Amendment at 3 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Her speech is free and open to the public.
The proposed amendment would spell out that women and men have the same rights in the United States. Originally proposed in 1923, the amendment was approved by Congress in 1972 and sent to the states to be ratified.
Three-fourths of the states need to ratify the amendment for it to become part of the Constitution, but only 35 have done so, three shy of those necessary.
Mary Mosley, assistant professor of English at WWU, is the faculty sponsor of the event. According to Mosley, the presentation will help students understand why the United States has never declared that women and men have equal rights and will discuss what is currently being done to make the amendment part of the Constitution.
Mosley believes Breeze’s presentation will be informative.
“She is an authority on women’s rights in our country and is a retired college professor who works well students.”