Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), a leader in the women’s rights movement, introduced a Congressional Resolution in 1971 designating August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.
The day celebrates women’s on-going pursuit of equality. The date was symbolically selected as the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
It was first introduced in 1878, yet the suffrage amendment only passed the US Congress in June 1919 and became law after the 36th state legislature of Tennessee, when it was ratified in August 1920.
|19th Amendment to the US Constitution|
Since then Women's Equality Day is proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country.
|Women of New York marching for their rights.|
Although we are happy to celebrate women’s freedom to vote today, sadly we remain on hold for an amendment proclaiming women equal rights.