Women’s Equality Day Resources

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.




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.







These resources, compiled by the National Education Association, are intended to help students in grades K-12 learn about the suffrage movement in general and the 19th Amendment in particular.

  • Women Win the Vote, women’s history archive from Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. An overview of the suffrage movement, including brief biographies of 75 Suffragists (Grades 5-8).
  • Education & Resources archive from National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Features videos, activities, interactive lessons, and quizzes highlighting the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the U.S. (Grades 6-12).
  • Women’s Suffrage: Manuscript Division from the Library of Congress. Includes papers of the movement’s early pioneers, the daughters of that first generation, the women who made the successful push to victory, and records of leading national suffrage organization (Grades 9-12).
  • Women’s Suffrage archive from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Six historians examine aspects of women’s efforts to gain the right to vote (Grades 9-12).





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