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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – August 26

August 12th, 2015

August 12, 2015

Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated August 26. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment while also calling attention to women’s continuing efforts towards full equality.

Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), a leader in the women’s rights movement, introduced a Congressional Resolution in 1971 designating August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to draw attention to women’s on-going pursuit of equality. The date was symbolically selected as the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which secured women the right to vote.  The resolution requests that the President issue an annual proclamation to commemorate Women’s Equality Day as a reminder that women continue to face inequality and discrimination. Organizations, museums, groups, and local governments across the country will hold Women’s Equality Day events.

National Women’s History Museum will celebrate Women’s Equality Day when it kicks off its “In their Footsteps: Counting Down to 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” initiative in August 2015. Activities over the next five years will include a monthly walking tour, educational curriculum, in-depth historical content, on-line exhibits, and live programming. Visit to learn more.

Passage of the 19th Amendment culminated a 72-year struggle that began with the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Over the ensuring years, thousands of women and men campaigned for women’s voting rights through rallies, the media, demonstrations, and political lobbying. Women voting rights activists were the first group to picket the White House. The suffrage amendment passed the US Congress in June 1919 and became law after the 36th state legislature, Tennessee, ratified it in August 1920.

Walking Tour: “In Their Footsteps: Women’s Suffrage Trail”

August 3rd, 2015
 Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm

Meet at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE, a block from Capitol South Metro

Walk the same ground where suffragists fought for the right to vote in the “In Their Footsteps” tour. Through the power of place, images, and the suffragists’ own words, the struggle for equality will become real and visceral. Afterwards, you will not only have a greater understanding of the women’s struggles to secure the right to vote, but you will also become more inspired to vote yourself.

The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in New York. Over the next 72 years, generations of activist women (and men) worked tirelessly until the 19th Amendment was adopted. It took the efforts of a wide range of women, from the most radical advocates of male and female equality, to women who saw the right to vote as necessary to more effectively advocate for moral and social reform. Their efforts to succeed set the stage for grassroots efforts to come, proving that determined citizens can achieve change.

The tour begins at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE . The nearest Metro station is Capitol South, which serves the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. The tour will cover three miles, ending at the White House. This event is free and open to the public.