Celebrating Women’s Equality Day and The Right to Vote
This Sunday, August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day – a day which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution. The 19th amendment prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to U.S. citizens on the basis of sex, thus giving women the right to vote.
The women’s suffrage movement began nearly 200 years ago with the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, NY, the first ever women’s rights convention in the U.S. Organized by famous women’s rights activists, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention sought to discuss the rights of women, including political rights and the right to vote. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were pioneers who paved the way for women’s rights activists and leaders who, like our Champions of Change, proudly continue their legacy.
While Women’s Equality Day marks a day worthy of celebration, it also serves as a reminder that there is still much progress to be made for gender equality, particularly in women’s leadership and political participation, one of the pillars of UN Women. One example that underscores this fact is The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, an organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in New York City’s Central Park. Not one of the 23 statues in Central Park honors women who made history.
When it comes to political participation today, we are actually seeing record-breaking numbers of women getting involved in the political process and running for public office, which is very exciting.
Ahead of this year’s midterm elections, make sure you are registered to vote and ensure that other women are registered as well. Let’s exercise all of our rights, especially the right to vote!