In 1971, the US Congress declared August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. This was at the request of Bella Abzug, a renowned lawyer who was an activist in the Women’s Rights Movement in the 1970’s. The fight for equal voting rights for women started in 1848 where the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY. “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.”
The Y is an organization that promotes an inclusive environment where everyone has the freedom to be who they want to be. We create a community of people who will support others regardless of gender. We strive for humanity here at the Y and that includes human rights. We celebrate every human in the United States of America with having the right to vote for 96 years now! These are the steps we take to get closer and closer to an equal world. Celebrate your mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, friends, and co-workers today!