National Women's Equality Day
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About the Event
"August 26, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote. This courageous, 72-yearlong political movement was carried out by tens of thousands of women and men working to form a more perfect union. Yet the significance of the woman suffrage campaign – and its enormous political and social impact – have been largely ignored in the telling of American history. It is a story that needs to be told. It is the story of women creating one of the most innovative and successful nonviolent civil rights efforts the world has ever seen. It is all the more remarkable when one considers the barriers suffragists had to overcome. With little financial, legal or political power of their own, and facing a well-financed and entrenched opposition, women fought state by state for their rights as citizens. To win the right to vote, women circulated countless petitions, gave speeches, published newspapers, and travelled the country to win support. They were frequently ridiculed, harassed and sometimes attacked by mobs and police. Some were thrown in jail, and then treated brutally when they protested. Still they persevered. Finally, on August 26, 1920, their goal was achieved with the 19th Amendment. Women had won the right to vote and hold public office. The women and men of the nation had moved closer to forming a more perfect union. This important democratic idea, born in 1776, is still very much alive. Women’s Equality Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the many benefits of true equality and the role of women in our public life. Women in public service and government have long served us as a nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas, and change people’s attitudes. That’s why we are honoring them this year. The women we remember today, like so many other outstanding women and champions of equality, offer inspiring stories that give us a better understanding of our own place in history. They remind us that, as Americans, we all have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to overcome life’s obstacles, to give our very best effort, and to join with our fellow citizens to form a more democratic society."
-Quoted from the National Women's History Alliance. For more information, please visit https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-Equality-Day-brochure.pdf