When we got the right to vote, #EachForEqual on Woman’s Equality Day

This day every year is celebrated in The United Stated of America as Women’s Equality Day. It’s marked to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United states Constitution.

Amendment prohibits the States and the federal government denying the Right to Vote to the citizens of United States on the basis of sex. The day was designated in 1973 by Congress and first celebrated in 1972 and now proclaimed every year by the President of The United States.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, on this day in 1970, National Organisation for Women (NOW) organised nationwide strike for Equality. All women were asked to stop working for a day to bring into light the inequalities when it comes to employment and education.

As per history, today(26 Aug) was chosen to commemorate the day in 1920 when Secretary Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation granting American women the constitutional right to vote.

Following the 1970’s nationwide strike and in 1971 again, in 1973 Congresswomen Bella Abzug of New York seeing the ongoing battles over the Equal Rights Amendment continuing, introduced a resolution to designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Women’s Equality Day 2020: History

In 1972, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation 4147 pronouncing August 26 1972 as Women’s Right’s Day. It was first proclamation of Women’s Equality Day.

Congress approved HJ Res 52, on Aug 16 1973, stating Aug 26 to be designated as Women’s Equality Day and that ‘the President is authorised and requested to issue a proclamation in commemoration of that day in 1920 on which women were first given the right to vote.