Women's Equality Day - August 26th
Every year on August 26th, we celebrate the pursuit of equality that resulted in the 19th Amendment - Women's Equality Day. Every year, on Women's Equality Day, Americans recommit themselves to the pursuit of full equality for females in our society, ensuring continued growth and recognition of role models that are profoundly needed to face the incredible changes and challenges of the 21st century.
On August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed which granted women in the United States the right to vote. Since the world's first women's rights convention in 1848 there had been a growing, peaceful, women's rights movement which covered many aspects of women's rights and equality. Being granted the right to vote was most definitely a monumental accomplishment for the women's rights movement.
In 1971, August 26th of each year was designated as Women's Equality Day after legislation was introduced in congress by Rep. Bella Abzug. The resolution reads:
Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women's Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place.
The equality and rights of American women today have greatly improved over the past 150 years. Because this long, often hard road to equality has been paved, women today have a prominent place in government, business, law, medicine, science, education and so many other fields. It is no wonder we should offer our thanks and honor those courageous women in the past, as well as the women of our future.
Click here to read some great quotes such as:
"The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes."
"Women are not the weak, frail little flowers that they are advertised. There has never been anything invented yet, including war, that a man would enter into, that a woman wouldn't, too. "
"It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. "
~Susan B. Anthony