Ninety-five years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote. Every year since 1971, August 26th has been celebrated as Women’s Equality Day.
U.S. Representative, Bella Abzug, nicknamed Battling Bella, introduced the following resolution to Congress:
Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26 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;
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, 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 26 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.
As Susan B. Anthony said,
“The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man.”
We still have a good ways to go until we’re completely there. Let’s also not forget that the Voting Rights Act wasn’t signed into law until 1965, to abolish the legal barriers that prevented African Americans from voting. I promise you this, we’ll keep our shoulders to the grindstone until there truly is equality for all, man and woman alike, no matter the color of their skin.