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.




  • Join the Women’s History Alliance who will be working  over the next 4 years to have Women’s Equality Day 2020 declared a federal holiday. 




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).



Printing instructions for Women’s Equality Day Brochure

  1. 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)
  4. Fold paper into three parts to create a brochure.


Latest News

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The National Women’s History Project is Proud to Announce the 2018 Women’s History Month Honorees to be Recognized  at a Special Inaugural Awards Luncheon and Program Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 11 am to 2:30 pm Hilton Oakland Airport located atOne Hegenberger Road in Oakland, CA We will be honoring all the 2018 Honorees. The Honorees who will be in attendance include Susan Burton, Roma Guy, Saru Jayaraman, Pat Maginnis, Arlene Mayerson, and Angelica Salas The 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”  Throughout this year, we honor fifteen outstanding women for their unrelenting and inspirational persistence, and for understanding that, by fighting all forms of discrimination against women and girls, they have shaped America’s history and our future.  These 2018 Honorees refused to be silenced.  Their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible in our democratic society. The 2018 National Women’s History Month Honorees are: Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) Politician/First Woman Major Party VP Candidate & Human Rights Activist Pauli Murray (1910-1985) Women’s Rights/Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Author, & Episcopal Priest Elizabeth Peratrovich (Kaaxal-gat) (1911-1958) Political Activist for Alaska Natives, Spearheaded First               Anti-Discrimination Law, USA Margaret Dunkle Champion of Title IX* Jill Moss Greenberg Women’s/Civil Rights Activist * Cristina Jimenez Immigrant (DREAMERs) Activist* Marty Langelan Anti-Violence/Anti-Harassment Activist* Loretta Ross Reproductive Justice Activist* Linda Spoonster Schwartz Women Veterans Activist*  Susan Burton Criminal Justice Reform Leader Roma Guy LGBT Rights/Healthcare Activist Saru Jayaraman Labor/Restaurant Workers Activist Pat Maginnis Abortion Rights Activist Arlene Mayerson Disability Rights Attorney & Activist Angelica Salas Immigrant Rights Activist * Will be present at the Washington D.C. Event For Tickets & Information, call 707-636-2888 or visit the www.nwhp.org web store https://shop.nwhp.org/2018-honoree-award-luncheons-c304.aspx Here are a few quick links for you to access on our site: Find a Women’s History Performer or Author/Presenter! Frequently Asked Questions Like Us on...

read more