In the past, women didn't have the same rights as men. They were treated as if they were less. But many women fought against this discrimination, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Eventually, the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women more equality.
On Aug. 26 of every year, we celebrate the accomplishments of women who fought for this equality. Here are some fun facts about this day.
How can you celebrate this day?
You can celebrate Women's Equality Day by thinking about and realizing what women went through to gain equality. Research the women who made contributions to the movement. It is possible that your local library could be hosting an activity or seminar that you could participate in. These are all good ways to honor and learn about the women who fought for equal rights.
How did it start?
On Aug. 26, 1970, the 50-year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment was marked. On that day, women of the National Organization of Women took measures to ensure the women who made it all happen would be honored. They hung banners from the Statue of Liberty and held huge rallies in almost 100 U.S. cities. Marches that included more than 50,000 women took place. It was one of the biggest protests in U.S. history.
The day is established
About a year after the nationwide protest of 1970, Congress attempted to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. But it its ratification failed due to its lack of having 3/4 of the legislature agreeing. Soon after, however, Congress finally decided to place Women's Equality Day, a day that recognized women's accomplishments, on Aug. 26 of every year.
It recognizes contributions during times of war
Women's Equality Day doesn't only celebrate women's accomplishments in gaining respect. It also recognizes the fact that during World War II, while men were on the battlefield, women served as the work force. They made weapons, ammunition, supplies, tanks, cars and more. They labored for long hours each day in factories, creating items that aided in the war. If it weren't for them, WWII may have never been won.
What did the 19th Amendment protect?
The 19th Amendment not only gave women the right to vote, it also gave them the right to buy and own land and serve on juries. It gave them more choices when it came to marriage, occupations, money and bearing children. The amendment recognized women as members of society who could make important decisions.
It’s been almost a century since the passing of the 19th Amendment, but we still understand everything that women went through to enact it. Their success inspires us all, and that is why we honor their work. On Aug. 26, go on down to your local library and participate in one of their activities on Women's Equality Day.
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