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Women's Equality Day: August 26th

Women's Equality Day: August 26th

On August 26, our nation celebrates the Women's Equality Day. In 2020, we will be celebrating the centennial of this historic day recognizing the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote and to full citizenship for the very first time.

Many fearless and dedicated men and women suffered jail time, physical assaults by the police and spectators (at demonstrations), and insults, during this struggle that lasted over seven decades. However, it was only in 1971 that Congress, by resolution, designated this day as "Women's Equality Day". This designation recognized the many sacrifices made by these courageous women and men to achieve this ratification.

On February 14, 1920, six months before ratification of the 19th amendment, Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the League of Women Voters. Ms. Catt was a women's rights activist and a suffragist, who stated that the vote was the "emblem of equality" for all citizens, men and women.

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