August 26th is Women’s Equality Day, the 103rd anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.
The right to vote, the cornerstone of democracy, belongs to all citizens — but this wasn’t always the case. Until recently, most countries denied voting rights to women. To claim their voice, women began fighting for the right to vote in the early 19th Century.
First introduced as a congressional resolution in 1971 and formally adopted in 1973, Women’s Equality Day celebrates and honors the women’s suffrage movement and acknowledges the hurdles that women have overcome in their strides towards equality. In the U.S., decisions about who could vote were originally left up to the states. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, ensures voting rights for everyone regardless of gender. Today, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women’s rights activists and reminds us of the unique daily struggles that women face.
According to the Census Bureau chart below there are more women voters than males:
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Our elected officials get to decide what is passed in the House and Senate—and what could ultimately become law. This can impact Women and working families immensely. So your vote makes a difference!!
If you are not already registered to vote, you can still Register to vote!!