In July, 1848, at the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY, it was first proposed that women have the right to vote. Neither of the event founders, Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Lucretia Mott was still alive in 1920, when women finally gained the right to vote through the certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.
As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of voting on August 26, it is apparent women still have a long way to go in our country. Women account for less than 20% of Congress, yet 51% of the population. They are CEO of a fraction of Fortune 500 companies, yet more than 50% of the workforce is female. Almost 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was enacted, American women still only earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn.
However, today is a day women should celebrate. And the upcoming elections are days when women should not only be seen, but heard!
For fun, take the Women Equality Day Quiz.