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Constitution Week 2020

Women have been voting for 100 years! But gaining suffrage was not quick or easy. The 19th amendment was a major victory for women, after almost 100 years of struggling to obtain the right to vote. 

Join us in celebrating how far we’ve come as we look back on a century of women voting.

On September 17th, Georgia Southern University Libraries celebrated Constitution Day with Dr. Felicity Turner and Dr. Lois Duke-Whitaker, who spoke on the long struggle for women’s voting rights that culminated in the 19th Amendment, the progress we’ve made as a result, and some of the residual struggles today.

The 19th amendment was also a major victory for our country. Using the ratification process, we changed our Constitution to reflect the will of the American people. This ‘living document’ has been modified to continue to serve our needs as our culture continues to change.

We celebrated our ability to amend our Constitution with a poster competition.

Three students won a total of $300 as we kicked off Constitution Week on Thursday. Each student explored the amendment and relevant court cases of their choice that shifted our fight for rights. They presented this fight in posters and argued for its impact on America in a brief  presentation. All participants will receive a pocket Constitution for handy access to perhaps America’s most important government document. If you would like a pocket Constitution of the United States to celebrate Constitution Week, email Rachel Carter at

Celebrate Constitution Week by viewing the winning posters.

This Libguide also contains links to: our film databases and other resources on the Constitution and women’s suffrage; other schools around Georgia are celebrating Constitution Day; and our archived Constitution Day events. If you are writing papers or doing presentations on these topics, be sure to check out the libguide at the link above! And if you have any questions or suggestions for additions to our guide, email Lori Gwinett at

Celebrate September: Constitution Day Celebration

Be sure to enter the contest by September 15, 4pm. Winners get up to $300 in prize money!

Before 1920, any woman who voted broke the law. But we changed the law and the country.

On September 17th, Georgia Southern University Libraries will celebrate Constitution Day. Constitution Day gives us a chance to stop and think about who we have been, as a country, and how we’ve changed. Join us as we remember the struggles that lead to new amendments.

In this virtual event, we’ll hear from two speakers and announce the winners of our poster competition. This year’s theme is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Dr. Felicity Turner and Dr. Lois Duke-Whitaker will speak on the long struggle for women’s voting rights that culminated in the 19th Amendment.

We’ll also hear who won the poster competition, so be sure to enter by September 15, 4pm. Winners get up to $300 in prize money!

Posters are still being accepted. For more information, see

Our Constitution Day Celebration will be available via Zoom from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on September 17th, 2020. For more information, see

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Downtime

ILLiad will be down Friday, August 7th at 2pm for a system-wide update. During this downtime you will not be able to place new requests or login to ILLiad to view or download delivered articles. The downtime is not expected to last more than two hours. Please send any questions about this to

GS Libraries’ Hours in the Fall Semester

The hours the Libraries will be physically open are currently reduced for the fall semester. The reduced hours will allow us to schedule in-person staff by teams to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. At this time, we plan for the Libraries to be open for extended hours during finals. We have increased online services to students, faculty and staff in the fall. Please remember that our staff is available to help virtually and most of our resources are still available online 24/7. If you need assistance, please visit the Libraries’ website or call the Libraries at the Statesboro campus at 912-478-5647 or at the Armstrong campus at 912-344-3027. Additionally, during the late evening and early morning hours, Facilities will deep clean all the buildings to further ensure your safety. Thank you!

Community Use of the GS Libraries in the Fall Semester

Due to COVID-19 and in adherence to social distancing guidelines established by the CDC, GDPH, and USG, the Georgia Southern University Libraries will remain physically open to only Georgia Southern and East Georgia State College faculty, staff and students. We have a very proud tradition of serving our community and we will continue to do so in a virtual environment. All community members and scholars who need assistance with library resources, including special collections and government documents, should visit the Libraries’ website or call the Libraries at the Statesboro campus at 912-478-5647 or at the Armstrong campus at 912-344-3027 to ask questions or to set up virtual appointments. Thank you!