“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Susan B. Anthony
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
“With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation.”
President Barack Obama
Today, we take a moment to celebrate the adoption of the 19th amendment with National Women’s Equality Day. On the morning of August 26, 1920, the ratified amendment arrived in Washington, D.C. after being passed in the House and Senate in January of 1918 and 1919, respectively. The right to vote was granted to women across the nation once then Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified it.
If it were not for the valiant efforts of women suffrage leaders like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the course of history for women’s rights could have been dramatically different. Today, we celebrate their courage and strong voices that not only affected their own generations, but women for decades to come.
Today, it’s important not only to celebrate our own right to vote, but to recognize that the fight for women’s rights as a whole is far from over. There are still challenges women of our country face, such as unequal pay, and we also must remember that not all women across our globe enjoy the same freedoms. I am reminded of our own progress and inspired to continue to aid in the ongoing fight for women’s rights, thanks to National Women’s Equality Day.
How are you celebrating National Women’s Equality Day?