Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today is Women’s Equality Day.
This date set aside by an act of Congress in 1971 commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, granting women the right to vote. It was the culmination of a peaceful battle that started in 1848 by such Ladies as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.
The observation of this day also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality, whether it be in the workplace, private organizations, or public facilities.
Here is an excerpt from that joint resolution of congress decree in 1971:
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 passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as a symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
Whereas the women of the 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 women of America were first given the right to vote …
We’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ but we must always remember what it was like for those women who came before us. No I didn’t burn my bra in the 60’s nor am I a hard core women's Libber; but I do firmly believe in equal rights and in equal pay for the same job. So let us always be grateful for the hard fight these women of old fought for us, for we certainly are the ones reaping the benefits.