Women's Equality Day

August 21st, 2012

is this Sunday, August 26th. Women's Equality Day commemorates the day the 19th Amendment was signed into law 92 years ago, winning women the right to vote.  The women's suffrage movement began in 1848, and the Amendment granting women the right to vote was first introduced to Congress in 1878, but it did not pass and become law until 1920.  It took more than 70 years of hard work for women to claim our right to vote!  We are grateful for the suffrage movement that made such amazing progress for future generations of women.

Since winning the right to vote on this day in 1920, women have chosen August 26th as a date to focus the country's attention on other issues where women have yet to achieve equality.  In 1970, women protested inequality in employment opportunities, education and child care accessibility through a nationwide, coordinated strike and a march in New York City.  In 1971, Congress passed a resolution designating August 26th as Women's Equality Day.  Each year, the President issues a proclamation establishing it as such to honor the women before us who fought hard to win rights that were unjustly denied to women for so long.

Let's all take this Sunday to celebrate the persistence and courage of the suffragist women  and contemplate their legacy.

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