Below is the article I submitted to the Golden Scholar Newsletter for publication in the August edition. Perfect timing…not only made deadline, but today is Bella Abzug’s birthday!
Women’s Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day is observed each year on August 26 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. The amendment had been first introduced in 1878, and passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920 was the culmination of a civil rights movement by women that began in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
Women in the United States were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified. Women’s Equality Day was instituted by Bella Abzug, an American lawyer, Congresswoman, social activist, and a leader of the Women’s Movement, not only to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment but also to call attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.
By a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971, August 26th of each year has been designated as Women’s Equality Day. The Joint Resolution authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of August 26, 1920, the day on which the women of America were first given the right to vote.
Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971. Libraries, organizations, and workplaces now participate in Women’s Equality Day with displays, activities, programs, and video presentations. August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, symbolizes the continued fight for equal rights; observance of Women’s Equality Day commends and supports the women of the United States in their organizations and activities.
More information about Women’s Equality Day can be found here.
More information about Bella Abzug can be found here.