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This area of lawforwa links you to general information about the American system of law and government as well as specific information about Washington state.

Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage: In 1910, Washington became the fifth U.S. state to grant female citizens the right to vote. This was ten years ahead of Congress, which ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Learn more about the history of women's suffrage in Washington from , the , and the . Find out if the traveling might be coming to your area by exploring the website of the Washington Women's History Consortium.


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What Judges Do for Democracy

The concept of judicial independence has been in the news a lot lately as higher court judges issue decisions unpopular with politicians. Learn more about what our Constitution expects judges to do, and what role they play in our system.

  • Find out from the Justice at Stake Campaign.
  • Explore from the American Bar Association.
  • Do you agree with those who defend judicial independence? See what had to say recently, as well as Supreme Court justices .