What is Women’s Equality Day?

Cross posted from http://www.vfa.us

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day”.

The suffragettes, founded in October 1903, forced a social revolution to give women the vote. Photographs uncovered by the National Archives reveal hidden secrets of how the state spied on what it regarded as a terrorist threat. This picture shows a suffragette caught in a confrontation with opponents and the police.

The suffragettes, founded in October 1903, forced a social revolution to give women the vote. Photographs uncovered by the National Archives reveal hidden secrets of how the state spied on what it regarded as a terrorist threat. This picture shows a suffragette caught in a confrontation with opponents and the police.

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to 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.

 
Take the NWHP Women’s Equality Day Quiz!
To help celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the National Women’s History Project developed a quiz to use at your events, or just around your office, or in conversation with friends. It took 72 years for women to win the right to vote.
 

 

 

http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday_quiz.html               Comments: Jacqui Ceballos: jcvfa@aol.com

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6 Responses

  1. Unbelievable photo & caption, BJ. Looks like a guy (or more) just hit her in the face. and this line:

    …how the state spied on what it regarded as a terrorist threat.

    unbelievable! do you have a source for this photo?

    • All I know is that the Photographs were uncovered by the National Archives.

      BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed The Majority United Free-US-Now.com FreeMeNow.wordpress The Majority United Radio Founder: Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill

  2. [...] giving women the right to vote. And in honor of that momentous occasion, today has been named Women’s Equality Day. We have come a mighty long way since the days before women’s suffrage. We have women [...]

  3. Wow, this is amazing. That’s a really unbelievable photo. I cannot imagine!!! Thanks for writing about this. You might be interested in my site promoting positive images of women in the media: http://www.hopespringsinternal.com

  4. This is a British picture. The police did not dress like that in the US and suffragettes is a British term. The Americans used the term suffragists deliberately to be different. Worse things happened to the women pickets in the US than what is pictured here. Look up women’s suffrage in the United States, or Alice Paul. There’s lots of sites telling about the beatings, the arrests, hunger strikes, forced feedings. The fight for women’s rights in the US is not a pretty picture.

    • Indeed this is a British pic- the suffragists began in Britain. I am not sure why they chose this pic to use and I agree they had many of US atrocities they could have used. I would be happy to post some for Women’s history month if you care to send some along?

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