Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1973 and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.
Although the 19th Amendment was important and momentous, the reality was that it did not grant the franchise to all women in the United States. In practice, it ensured voting rights for primarily white, middle and upper class women. Native Americans weren’t citizens until 1924. Black women largely couldn’t exercise their right to vote because of discriminatory Jim Crow laws in Southern states (the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finally addressed this).
Today all those who championed women’s equality and fought for voting rights should be celebrated. Women’s equality is an ongoing issue and the fight continues especially in today’s environment.
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