Women’s Equality Day

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Sample Women’s Equality Day Proclamation

Many of you have asked about a Women’s Equality Day Proclamation for your community, workplace, or military base.  Please feel free to edit the following one to meet your needs. 

Proclamation Designating August 26, 2017, as Women’s Equality Day  

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have historically been treated as second-class citizens and have often  been denied the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and 

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to ALL citizens equally, and 

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which culminated a 72-year, non-violent campaign to extend the right to vote to women, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and 

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the (name of elected body or elected official or commanding officer) recognizes the commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America won their right to vote, as an opportunity to continue to work for equal rights for ALL citizens.

 


 

The History of 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 certification 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.

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.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Equality Day Celebration Resources

How Women Won The Vote Gazette (downloadable)

Ideas for Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day Brochure 

Printing instructions for Women’s Equality Day Brochure

 

Printing instructions for Women’s Equality Day Brochure

1. Click the Women’s Equality Day Brochure link above to download the brochure (may take a few moments to load – please be patient)
2. Print page 1
3. Turn it upside down and print page 2 on the back (or copy back to back)
* Remember to turn the page upside down when copying the back to ensure proper alignment *
4. Fold paper into three parts to create a brochure.