[EDEQUITY] Women's Equity Day

From: National Women's History Project (nwhp@aol.com)
Date: Tue Aug 27 2002 - 15:06:53 EDT

Women's Equality Day - Resolutions and Resources

This month the nation celebrates Women's Equality Day on August 26, 2002.
This date commemorates the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment
to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment
marked the culmination of 72 years of a peaceful civil right movement that
began at the world's first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New
York, in 1848. The struggle for full equality continues to this day. The
NWHP salutes all people whose continuing, peaceful efforts contribute to
the expansion of true democracy and equal rights for all regardless of
gender, ethnicity, religion or beliefs.

The Resolution:
Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971, Designating August 26 of each year as
Women's Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class
citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public
or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of
the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these
rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of
sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the Unites States have designated August 26, the
anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of
the continued fight for equal rights; and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in
their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of
each year is designated as Women's Equality Day, and the President is
authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration
of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the
right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration
for women's rights took place.

A history of the Women's Rights Movement and a detailed timeline

Women's Equality Day celebration resources

Ideas for planning an Equality Day celebration

 The National Women's History Project
 3345 Industrial Dr. Suite 4
 Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 Voice: (707)636-2888
 Fax: (707)636-2909

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