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August 26th: Women’s Equality Day

August 26th, 1920,was when the 19th Amendment was certified. It granted women the right to vote, albeit after many decades of protesting. Women began protesting to try to gain the right to vote in the 1820’s, 100 years before they gained the right.   In 1973, congress assigned that day officially as Women’s Equality Day. We now celebrate it each year on August 26th in the United States to pay tribute to the Amendment, although not all women from all ethnicities gained the right to vote from the 19th amendment due to them not having the same rights and opportunities.

Women’s Equality Day is a day to celebrate all the things women have accomplished because gaining the right to vote. It not only commemorates The 19th Amendment, but also recognizes women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.