Happy Women’s Equality Day!

26 08 2009

Today in history, back in the year 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified thus granting women suffrage. The amendment was introduced in 1878 but took some years to be ratified. In 1971, former Representative Bella Abzug (D-New York) introduced a resolution in Congress to declare August 26th Women’s Equality Day every year.

The full text of the resolution is as follows:

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26th 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 26th, 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.

Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of women receiving the right to vote and also a reminder of all the work that’s left to be done. Hopefully there will be a time soon when every day is Women’s Equality Day.


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