WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as a symbol for the continued fight for equal rights. We recognize the day as “Women’s Equality Day.”
It was 97 years ago today that women won the right to vote. Often harassed and ridiculed, women petitioned, gave speeches, and traveled the country with little financial, legal or political power to fight for their right as citizens of the United States to not only vote, but to also hold public office. Today, women continue to provide inspiring stories championing equality and reminding all Americans that anyone can overcome obstacles to form a more democratic society.
This day is not a recognized national holiday, as there have been several days this year recognizing women (i.e., International Women’s Day on March 8th, Equal Pay Day, April 4th, etc.). Instead, it commemorates an important event in American history. The amendment now reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Each year since President Richard Nixon the residing President of the United States issues a proclamation honoring the day.
Many schools, businesses, and organizations perceive this day as an opportunity to educate people; therefore, let’s test your knowledge…
- Do you know how many years of constant effort had supporters devoted to the woman suffrage campaign? 72 yeas to be exact, from 1849 until 1920.
- Did you know what the margin of victory was when the 19th Amendment was finally passed by the U.S. Congress? Only two votes in the senate and 42 votes in the House of Representatives.
- Do you know what suffrage leader was arrested, tried and fined for voting in presidential elections? It was none other than Susan B. Anthony.
For more specific information on the Women’s Rights Movement, check out the following links:
- National Women’s History Project
- League of Women Voters
- UN Women Watch
- Bellevue University eCatalog
- Women’s Equality Day Pinterest Page
- Women’s History Pinterest Page
So, what are some things you can do to make to spread the word? First find out more, possibly, hold an event to raise awareness about promoting equal rights for all, contribute to organizations working to promote women’s rights and equality, and most importantly…Register to Vote!!!