History Of Women’s Equality Day :
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.
Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.
Women’s Equality Day: Significance
Celebrates the journey of women’s equality in the socio-economic structure. It confirms the status of women in society as well as the progress of the world due to respect and opportunities gained by women.
Many organizations, libraries, workplaces, NGOs, women welfare societies and other institutions celebrate the day by organizing events and programs that recognize women’s progress toward equality. Women’s Equality Day highlights the continued efforts of women to achieve full equality.
More about Women’s Equality Day:
The 100th anniversary of the Women’s Equality Day is being observed in the United States. The day is observed primarily in the US on August 26, to commemorate American women getting the constitutional right to vote.
Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted in 1920. The law prohibits denying citizens, of the United States, the right to vote on the basis of gender.