Women’s Equality Day

In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. Bella Abzug championed the declaration to commemorate the anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, added in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. The push for the right to vote was first begun in 1848, so it took 72 years of efforts by women to make it come to pass.

Time and Date reports, “Opposition to voting by women was widespread and the amendment did not get to the see the light of the day again until 1914 when it was once gain brought up in the US congress. In May 1919, two-thirds of the Congress voted in favor of the amendment and it was sent to the states for ratification.”

Days of the Year says about this: “Over the last century, great women have proved [stereotypes about them] wrong as the world has witnessed just what women are capable of achieving, from the likes of Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt fighting for civil rights and equality to great scientists such as Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin and Jane Goodall. The last century has shown more than ever what both women and men are capable of achieving, given the opportunity.”

Not only does this day celebrate the right to vote, but also draws attention to the ways women have yet to achieve full equality. This is alas, still true in the United States, but even more so in other parts of the world. There is much work to be done in this area. If we are to become a more just world, women need access to education, health care, child care, and equal pay for equal work, among others.

Quotes about gender equality

Too often, these are called women’s issues. Well, I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues, because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America.–Hillary Clinton

I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.–Maya Angelou

A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.–Gloria Steinem

When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful–Malala Yousafzai

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.–Kofi Annan

Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.–Ban Ki-moon

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.–B. R. Ambedkar

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.–Audre Lorde

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.–Mary Shelley

Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.–Charlotte Whitton

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.–Amelia Earhart

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.–Susan B. Anthony

How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?-—Emma Watson

We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.–Sheryl Sandberg

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