Introduced by Rep Bella Abzug (D-NY) in 1971, Congress designated August 26th Women’s Equality Day in 1973 in commemoration of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. It was the token achieved by the massive, mostly peaceful state and national civil rights movement which began in the 1840s to give women equal rights to those of men. And after all this time we still don’t have equal rights….
But, the annual proclamation of Women’s Equality Day calls attention to our continued efforts to achieve equality. We only need one more state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) before we can again bring the ERA amendments before Congress for a vote.
So, however you can, plan to participate in Women’s Equality Day activities and keep the momentum going.