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Thursday, August 25, 2005

August 26th: Women's Equality Day

From the "Week in Review" email I received from the Women's Vote Center of the DNC:
In 1971, the United States Congress designated August 26 "Women's Equality Day." Under the leadership of then-Democratic Congresswoman Bella Abzug (NY), the date was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. The culmination of a 70-year struggle for women suffragists, the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. National Women's Equality Day not only recognizes this historic achievement, but also commemorates the date of a nationwide demonstration for women's rights that took place in 1970. Women's Equality Day serves as a reminder to all Americans of women's continued struggle to gain full equality in the United States. For more information, visit the National Women's History Project.

View the 19th Amendment and a brief history of women's suffrage at the National Archives Charters of Freedom site.

If you live near Philadelphia and have the time, check out the Women's Equality Day program at the National Constitution Center.

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