Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2017

The year 1920 was marked in history as the official beginning of the fight for the equality of women and men. The adoption of the 19th Amendment meant that each citizen of the United States, regardless the sex, had the right to vote. Although August 26th was designated as a day to commemorate the proclamation of granting American women with the right to vote, Women’s Equality Day celebrations started to take place only in 1973.

On this day, it is accepted to honor all the women, who struggled for extending women’s suffrage and who did plenty of work to come closer to their aim. Such activists as Alice Paul, Maud Wood Park, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rose Schneiderman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary Dewson, Margaret Sanger and many others had put a lot of efforts in an attempt to fight discrimination and prove that women’s inferior status, which lasted for centuries, was illogical and unreasonable.

The adoption of the 19th Amendment

Thanks to the constant work of Equality Now and Womankind Organizations, women not only gained the right to vote but have obtained equal rights in all spheres of life. Gradually, women were granted the right to be equally paid, to buy and own land, to serve on juries, to have more choices concerning marriage, making contracts, education, looking for job occupations and etc.

Nowadays, women’s equality has grown in a way there is no law, which would treat a woman as an inferior. Unfortunately, suppression, violence and stereotyping still occur. Though, each and every woman has the right to be defended equally, regardless gender differences, according to the law in force.

Women’s Equality Day has become the anniversary date of the certification of the 19th Amendment. Each year on this day (August 26) the president issues a proclamation, supporting honoring suffragists, who “moved us closer to a more just and prosperous future.” On this day one can find different seminars and lectures aimed at raising people’s awareness of the activists who fought for the women’s rights and the rough way they made to achieve those accomplishments.

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