Womens Equality Day in The Villages FL

Womens Equality Day

Womens Equality Day in The Villages FL

The right to vote, the cornerstone of democracy, belongs to all citizens — but this wasn’t always the case. Until recently, most countries denied voting rights to half of their population: women. To claim their voice, women began agitating for the right to vote in the early 19th century.

In the U.S., decisions about who could vote were left up to the states. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, ensures voting rights for everyone regardless of gender.

Today, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women’s rights activists and reminds us of the unique daily struggles that women face. To make sure women are not oppressed by anyone we need to empower them with education and to support their education they require funds that can help build a base for their strong future.

HISTORY OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated every August 26th, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward.

In the early 19th century, American women, who generally couldn’t inherit property and made half of a man’s wages in any available jobs, began organizing to demand political rights and representation.

By the early 1900s, several countries including Finland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom had legalized voting for women as the movement continued to sweep across the world. In the U.S., the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1878, but it failed to gain traction. It wasn’t until women’s involvement in the World War I effort made their contributions painfully obvious that women’s suffrage finally gained enough support. Women’s rights groups pointed out the hypocrisy of fighting for democracy in Europe while denying it to half of the American citizens at home.

Because a Constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the states, 36 of them had to ratify the 19th Amendment before its passage. The deciding vote in the Tennessee legislature came from Harry T. Burn, a young state representative whose mother’s plea to support the amendment became a deciding factor in his vote (which he switched at the last minute).

Women aren’t done fighting for equal rights. Today, the wage gap between men and women still impacts women’s economic power, and gender-based discrimination still plagues workplaces and business transactions.

To remind us of the struggles of the past, present, and future, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971.

WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY ACTIVITIES

    • Thank the women in your life

We all depend on hardworking women — moms, grandmas, partners, sisters, and friends. Take some time today to thank them for all the physical and emotional labor they do for others!

    • Support women-owned companies

Use your consumer power to support female entrepreneurs. You can find lists of women-owned businesses on the Small Business Administration’s website or by reaching out to your local chamber of commerce.

    • Register to vote

Women and their allies fought for decades to win the right to vote. Do your part to honor their sacrifices by making sure you’re registered to vote in your community.

5 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT WOMEN IN THE MILITARY

    1. Women in combat

Women have long played important non-combat roles in the U.S. military in medical and operational positions, but combat positions were only opened to women in 2013.

    1. Women often fought disguised as men

In the 1700s and 1800s, particularly during the Civil War, more than a few women enlisted in the army disguised as men.

    1. There is only one female Medal of Honor recipient

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a contract surgeon for the Union, spent time as a Confederate POW and was awarded a Medal of Honor for her efforts — to date, she is still the only female recipient of the military’s highest award.

    1. Women made important WWII contributions

More than 400,000 women served in World War II as nurses, pilots, ambulance drivers, and in other important ancillary roles.

    1. Military maternity wear

Women weren’t always allowed to continue serving if they became pregnant but, today, all branches of the military offer maternity uniforms for service members who are expecting.

WHY WE LOVE WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY

      • It gives us an opportunity to learn

Take some time on Women’s Equality Day to brush up on your women’s history and learn about the complicated and fascinating history of women’s rights in the U.S. and internationally.

      • It reminds us to show gratitude

It’s not always easy to remember to thank those who do so much for us. Use Women’s Equality Day as a reminder to do something meaningful for the important women in your life.

      • It reminds us of how far we have to go

Despite many advances in the last century and a half, women in the U.S. and around the world still face professional obstacles, domestic violence, and other barriers to their well-being and success.

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