Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day

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Observed by United States
Type Historical
Significance Anniversary of 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote
Date August 26
Next time 26 August 2017 (2017-08-26)
Frequency annual
Nancy Pelosi, Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee and Jackie Speier on the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, when women won the right to vote.

Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country.

Women in the United States were granted the right to vote without the compulsory requirement to submit to possible conscription on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law.[1] The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women's Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.[2] This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day.[3]

Full text of resolution

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971[3] Designating August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day:

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and [3]
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex;[3]
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and [3]
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,[3]
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26 of each year is designated as "Women's Equality Day," and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place.[3]

See also


  1. "Take the poll: Should Women's Equality Day be a federal holiday?". Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. "Women's Equality Day – August 26". About.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "What is Women's Equality Day?". National Women's History Project. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
Presidential Proclamations of Women's Equality Day
19th Amendment
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