Women's Equality Day

We’re Celebrating Women’s Equality Day at the YWCA MDI Tuesday, August 22, 6:00-7:30PM with speaker Posie Cowan.

“My great-grandmother fought for women’s suffrage and equal rights. I’m still working on her dream.” Posie Cowan of Brooksville, Maine will show copies of her great-grandmother's suffrage banners and talk about winning the right to vote. She will also discuss why women still do not have constitutionally guaranteed equal rights and what is happening now with the Equal Rights Amendment at the Federal and State levels.

What is Women's Equality Day?

Casting a vote is the ultimate political empowerment in our Democratic society but it took women some 100 years to secure the right to vote. The late Rep. Bella Abzug(D-NY) successfully advocated for a Women's Equality Day. In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated Women's Equality Day August 26, the day in 1920 that the Nineteenth Amendment was certified as part of the Constitution (see below). August 26 not only celebrates women securing the right to vote but also reminds us that the work is not done. “We the People” are not fully equal under the Constitution. Pause for thought, all of the positions that YWCA USA and YWCA MDI agree will empower women and girls are a response to a culture of inequality.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.