Women’s Equality Day – Its Importance and What You Should Do To Honor It
August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. The United States President proclaims this day each year. Its observance commemorates two things:
- The 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment – It granted women the right to vote, and was a high point in history where in the civil rights movement by women that formally started in 1848 in Seneca, New York had a massive and peaceful culmination.
- Calling attention to women’s persistent efforts toward equality – This day encourages women from all walks of life to continually fight for women’s equality, especially in workplaces, public facilities, institutions and organizations. The present generation of women owes today’s freedom and equality to the courageous women in history who broke boundaries before them.
On August 26, 1920, women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote when it officially became a part of the U. S constitution through the 19th Amendment to United States Constitution.
It’s not a secret that women had no right to choose rulers and make laws, among other “boundaries” such serious discrimination in the workplace. However, dramatic and social changes have been accomplished over the years. Today, women can serve on juries, join the military, wouldn’t be fired for getting pregnant, and so on.
However, these changes did not just happen suddenly. Generations of women made these changes happen. They fought to abolish the women’s inferior status in the society and create a better world, which they have succeeded through non-violent resistance.
Message of Women’s Equality Day
Every year since the 1920 passage of the 19th amendment, we are given 24 hours to hark back to how far we’ve come since women couldn’t cast a vote for a public official she believes in and trusts. Right now, women’s equality has evolved to mean much more than just granting the right to vote. Undoubtedly, more work is yet to be done when it comes to gender equality. Women of today must continue to fight for absolute equality between sexes.
What You Should Do on Women’s Equality Day?
- Get to know or remember the women who made a difference in the society. Share some inspiring quotes or life stories of brave women who took great strides in fighting for economic, social and political equality. Let others learn about this too through social sharing.
- Make yourself aware of the things – Including the most basic rights – that were not enjoyed by women in the past, but you are taking for granted now. It will make you appreciate the freedom to be given more options in life than they had before.
- Take the time to learn other “restrictions” that modern women still can’t beat despite the massive progress they have made. For instance, on average, women still make less than men in the work place, stereotyping women, or seeing them as sexual objects, and more. You can then participate in petitions that can help keep up the momentum in the quest for gender equality.