Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2010

Sorry this is a day late; but it is important so I’m sending it along anyway.

A black and white photo of a group of men and women with signs indicating that they are the League of Women Votes getting people out to vote.  The text under the photo says: "Spread the word about the League this Women's Equality Day".The League of Women Voters of the United States sends this greeting to all!

The day commemorates the 90th anniversary of passage of the Nineteenth Amendment which granted women the right to vote and more.

Women’s Equality Day goes back to 1971 when Congress, with persistent pressure from Congresswoman Bela Abzug and a host of women’s groups, passed a joint resolution designating August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.  The resolution builds on passage builds on the success of the suffrage movement affirming in strong terms that the work to assure full equality continues:  The first whereas of the resolution reads:  “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 institution, which are available to male citizens of the United States.”  In the words of Elizabeth MacNamara, president of LWVUS, Women’s Equality Day offers “the opportunity to continue to make a profound, direct and positive impact on the issues that matter most to our community and the generations to come.

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