August 26, 2019, will mark the commemoration of Women’s Equality Day. Though this date was initially designed to celebrate women gaining the right to vote in the United States, its meaning has expanded over time. Here at OneEighty, we believe that continuing to support the view of men and women as equals is essential for our society.
The Progression of Women’s Rights
Women’s rights in the United States can trace its roots back to the 1840s, when women in Seneca Falls, New York, met to discuss the importance of being viewed as having their own political identities. By the 1890s, the National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed, and some states gave women the right to vote. However, it wasn’t until 1920 that a constitutional amendment granted this right on a national scale.
Though Women’s Equality Day was meant to commemorate this historic event, it has since grown to assert the importance of women being fully equal citizens of the country.
How Can You Show Support For Women’s Equality Day
There are many things you can do to get involved in Women’s Equality Day. Perhaps most importantly, you can register to vote, since that’s what the day is about. You can also participate in events throughout Ohio. Local events include the Women’s Equality Day Fair at Ursuline College, held on the 26th. The League of Women Voters of Oberlin Area will hold a luncheon with presentations on the 24th, as well as a special game day experience with the Akron RubberDucks on the 25th, where ticket sales will be donated to the League of Women Voters.
Women’s rights have come a long way over the years, but the fight isn’t over. Women continue to face challenges like domestic abuse and sexual harassment. At OneEighty, we know that recognizing the progress that has been made while also looking forward to future improvements will make a difference for everyone.