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This Article explores the Constitution’s minimum age qualifications for President, Vice President, and Congress. It presents a new feminist account in support of the minimum age requirements that is grounded in empirical data about the later entry of women in politics. The data suggests women delay entry into politics, and this delay affects their ability to gain future leadership positions. In light of this data, this Article argues the Constitution’s minimum age qualifications serve an important egalitarian function for women when read through the lens of the Nineteenth Amendment, which illuminates the importance of promoting and protecting women’s political participation.

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Constitutional Law; Law and Society; Politics; President/Executive Department; Women