August 26, 2020 marks an especially important commemoration of Women’s Equality Day. This date is the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States. Women’s Equality Day serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of gender equality, and the harmful impacts of inequality, such as domestic abuse.
The History of the Day
This commemoration of women’s suffrage was first celebrated in 1971. Of course, the reason why Women’s Equality Day is celebrated goes much farther back than that. The first women’s rights convention was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls. This led to the organization of the National Women Suffrage Association, led by women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These women fought for decades to gain the right to vote.
With women’s suffrage now viewed as a basic right, Women’s Equality Day also serves as an opportunity to focus on other areas where inequality persists. It is a day for celebrating the past, as well as participating in activism for a more equal future.
Work Left To Do
Gaining the right to vote was hardly the end of the road for women’s rights. Gender inequality continues to impact women today, influencing everything from earning power to rates of domestic abuse. OneEighty works to highlight and address such inequalities, and invests significant resources to help individuals of every background change direction — regardless of gender. A variety of programs and facilities offers protection and privacy, while ensuring that everyone receives the specialized help they need.
OneEighty is committed to helping all women confront challenges such as domestic abuse and drug abuse. By confronting issues stemming from gender inequality, everyone in our community can work together to be a positive force for change. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact OneEighty at 330.264.8498.