Women's Equality Day. At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
Happy Women's Equality Day! On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was added to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment's passage marked a victorious end to the 72-year long struggle to achieve equal voting rights for women which had begun at the first women's right conference organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. In commemoration of this landmark event, in 1971, August 26 was declared Women's Equality Day.
#seattletimes posts cover story from 1920, on this date, when the 19th Amendment was enacted granting women the right to vote in America. #19thamendment #womenssuffrage #womensrights #history #flashbackfriday #seattle