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Women's Equality Day

Date When Celebrated : Always August 26 th

Women's Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote..

In 1971, after much work, and at the urging of U.S. Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), Congress designated August 26 each year as“Women’s Equality Day.” This day was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. This amendment granted women the right to vote.  This was the culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups.  Their efforts dated back to first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York.

Celebrate this day in a number of ways. First, stop and celebrate the accomplishments made in gaining the right to vote, and towards equality for women. Women's rights groups suggest you continue to be involved in pursuing full and equal rights for women in all areas and in all issues.


Origin of Women's Equality Day:

This special day was created by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971. It designates August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day.


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