Women’s Equality Day
Culture/religion: National Observance
Date: August 26
In 1973, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. This date was chosen to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This followed and was the result of a peaceful civil rights movement by women that began in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
Not only does Women’s Equality Day recognize the passage of the 19th Amendment, it also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts towards full equality.