National Women’s Equality Day | August 26
Sat Aug 26th

National Women’s Equality Day

On this day in 1920, the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees women full and equal voting rights. Every year on August 26, we celebrate this right with National Women's Equality Day.


Birth of a movement

Several women were refused entry to the convention floor while in London at the World Anti-Slavery Convention 1840, so many women were denied entry to the convention floor, laying the seeds for a women's rights movement. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Staton, Elizabeth Cady Staton, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt, along with Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt, have initiated the first woman's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. The conference, which took place at Wesleyan Chapel on July 19-20, 1848, attracted 200 women on the first day. The convention opened to men on the second day, and some did attend.

During the convention, 12 resolutions were presented by leaders. Women should be equal to men socially, economically, legally, and representatively, according to them. All but the 9th were approved unanimously by the Senate. The right to vote sparked fear. Many women believed that doing so would cause a large number of their backers to withhold their funding. The 9th resolution passed after much discussion and the support of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the 9th resolution was also passed.

The right to vote

Women's suffrage in the United States began in earnest in the 1980s. Susan B. Anthony, another feminist, joined Stanton in 1869 to form the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). The NWSA proposed an amendment in 1878 after nearly ten years of tenacity and lobbying. Despite years of debate and then to the floor of Congress in 1886, only to be defeated.

Ultimately, it would take another 34 years before a new bill made it to Congress. Advocates fought the batons for many years. The union was formed by the New states. The right to vote was included in their constitutions, which included rights for women in states that never had – the right to vote. Civil disobedience ensued. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was eventually passed by Congress, with women gaining equality.

How to celebrate women's equality day on women's equality day

Learn more about the women's civil rights movement and the 19th amendment. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony's biography is available. Delve deeper into the past and learn about the campaigns of advocates in your home state. Lucy Stone, Carrie Chapman Catt, or Alice Paul are all examples. We've done some of the work for you. Learn about these 5 Notable Leaders in the Women's Suffrage Movement.

On social media, use the hashtag #WomenEqualityDay to post.

History of women's equality in the United States has spanned history

Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) introduced a bill designating August 26th as Women's Equality Day on July 30, 1971. On August 26th, the country's capital was brimming with rallies, commemorations, and political debate. Congress passed a joint resolution naming the day to be observed on August 26th of each year by 1973. Every year, every president has declared this day as Women's Equality Day, honoring the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Women's equality FAQ

Q. When was the League of Women Voters established? Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters on February 14, 1920.

Q. What does "patriarchy" imply?

A. Men are ranked in the highest positions in a patriarchal society – family, communities, industry, and spiritual organisations – are all important. The patriarch of a family is usually the father or the eldest male family member of the family.

When did the United States pass the Equal Rights Amendment passed? Q. When did the United States pass the Equal Rights Amendment?

A. The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the Senate on March 22, 1972. The amendment was then sent to the states for ratification. Since then, it has only been ratified by 35 states (short of the 3/4 majority required) since being ratified by 35 states. Every session, Congress has reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment since 1982.