The United States Congress named August 26, 1971 as annual “Women’s Equality Day.”
This day marks the introduction of women voting rights in 1920 (19th Amendment to the US Constitution). It came about as a result of widely spread civil protests led by women across the country, starting with the pioneering women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.
The Women’s Equality Day also stands for acknowledging the fact that women’s struggle for full equality and abolition of any gender discrimination is still going on. Many private and public organizations, including libraries, workplaces, and others, are regularly taking part in observing this date.
The 1971 joint resolution of Congress emphasized on the fact that women were not treated equally with men before, but rather as second-class people without the same package of rights that men had at those times. It also remarked the great efforts by female communities’ collaboration in fight for their rights and freedoms. It also maintains that women are to be supported and helped with their activities and undertakings.
Consequently, the Congress approved and requested the US President to give an annual proclamation speech on the topic both on the day of Amendment in 1920 and the day of a countrywide women rights’ protest.