Women’s Equality Day

Suffragists Mrs. Stanley McCormick and Mrs. Charles Parker, April 22, 1913

Suffragists Mrs. Stanley McCormick and Mrs. Charles Parker, April 22, 1913; George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress), Call #: LOT 11052-3

On August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. This date was chosen because it is the date on which the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women in the United States the right to vote. The passage of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of many decades of work by countless women. Some of the most notable activists in the suffrage movement were: Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Julia Ward Howe, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Many of these women worked as passionately for abolition as they did for voting rights.

Women’s Equality Day has been observed since 1971, when Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a joint resolution of Congress designating this day as the official observance. This resolution called for the president to make an official proclamation on this date to acknowledge the passage of 19th Amendment. Every president since 1971 has done so.

Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

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