“Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 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
- 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;
- 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
- WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
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.”
Reference by What is Women’s Equality Day?”. National Women’s History Project. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
We still have some ways to go before we as women can say that we are truly equal, but I am thankful to the women who paved the way to get us as far as we have gotten. As a woman, I will continue to fight that fight for equality!
So to all my fellow women out there… Happy Women’s Equality Day!!!