This day commemorates the day when women in America were given full voting rights under the US Constitution, by the Passage of the 19th Amendment.
August 26th every year
1920 was a seminal year as far as individual rights for Women. With the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Suffrage movement was successful in winning the one of the most basic rights – the right to vote. In 1971, after the 5oth Anniversary of this important day, US Representative Bella Abzug nominated August 26th as the day to recognize this right.
The Amendment had far reaching consequences for women. It helped with helping them advance in the work place and also get recognized for their contributions to society.
On the 5oth Anniversary, the National Organization for Women organized a nationwide demonstration for equal rights. Some of the participants were people like Betty Freidan and Gloria Steinem. This helped women demand and get equal opportunities in employment, education and also access to 24 hour child care.
Women’s Equality Day commemorates not just the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment but also focuses attention on the ongoing efforts of women to achieve the kind of equality they want. They have come a long way since 1920 and more work needs to be done towards achieving that goal.