The History Of Women's Equality Day

Did you know that August 26th is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day? Every year, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In Rochester, New York, Susan B. Anthony was arrested and fined for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. The women's suffrage amendment was first introduced in 1878 and reintroduced many times over before being accepted in 1919 and then signed into law in 1920. This granted women the hard-fought and long-denied right to vote in elections. (It’s important to note, however, that African American women and Asian women were not guaranteed the right to vote until 1948.) In celebration of this historic achievement and in recognition of the impact of the 1970 nationwide strike for women’s equality, August 26 was designated as Women’s Equality Day in 1971 by the United States Congress. The struggle for equality began decades prior, when the first women’s rights convention was held in 1848. The progress made with the 19th amendment laid the groundwork for the Equal Pay Act as well as the Equal Rights Amendment. At OneEighty, we care deeply about the women in our community, and we strongly believe that all people, men and women alike, should be empowered and treated equally within our society.