8/26 – Women’s Equality Day

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8/26 – Women’s Equality Day

Aug-10, 2016

8/26 – Women’s Equality Day

According to the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution; Women in the United States were given the right to vote nationally on August 18, 1920, but why is Woman’s Equality Day celebrated on August 26th each year; is what we have to know?

While the first amendment was initially introduced many years earlier in 1878; and every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 this is the time when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug, this resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.

The Women rights

The Women rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls of many societies Worldwide. In some countries and places, these rights are institutional and supported by local customs, law, and behaviors; whereas in some places they are ignored or suppressed. Again they differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and customary bias against the exercise of rights by girls and women in favor of boys and men.

The issues that are commonly linked with notions of women's rights include, while they are not limited to the rights— to forcibly integrity and independent, to own property, to vote, to work and hold public office, fair wages or equal pay; to education; to serve in the military; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital or parental rights.

Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby

While the simple answer to know why the Woman’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26th each year is just because of a constitutional amendment is ratified. It’s not official until it is totally certified by the correct government official. In the year 1920, the official who was dealing was Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Colby signed a proclamation on August 26, 1920, behind the closed doors at 8 a.m. at his own house in Washington, D.C, ending a move violently for the vote that started a century earlier.

History behind this Date

The United Nations Charter

The United Nations Charter plays a major role for women's rights; as it was the first international agreement to assert the equality between women and men. Since then, the Unites Nations has been an important advocate for the rights of women, adopting an international bill of rights for women in 1979 and sponsoring four global women's gatherings and conferences. The Millennium Development Goals, which all nations agreed at the UN in 2000, sets tangible goals for nations to be achieved by 2015. However, several of which deal directly for empowering women.

Full text of Resolution

Full text of Resolution - Women’s Equality Day

The joint Resolution of Congress has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971. This resolution then passed designating August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day. While, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been included for the full rights and privileges, participation in public or private was not authorized, legal or institutional rights are only available for male citizens of the United States.

However, the women of the United States have united to promise that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex. But, the women of the United States have won the designation on August 26, and it was declared as the anniversary date of the passage of the 19th Amendment, and the symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.

The Senate and House Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled and passed that August 26 of each year is designated as "Women's Equality Day," and then President is requested to authorize and issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, this is the day on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and day in 1970 on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place.

Happy Women's Equality Day