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Women’s Equality Day

by Iyi Koa, Vectezzy

Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that granted women the right to vote. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Join Us in commemorating the Women’s Equality Day.

Let’s gather on Wednesday, August 26 at 11:00 AM on Garden Valley Blvd. in front of Fred Meyer on Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg. Wear white (and a mask), and bring signs that celebrate woman suffrage, equal rights, and encourage voting! Please make them non-partisan however. Bring friends and family! Spread the word! The League will have some extra signs available. So please come even if you don’t have a sign.
Questions? Call Jenny at 541-672-1914.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

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 certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of 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 the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Source: National Women’s History Alliance

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