Thank you for attending the rally today on Garden Valley Blvd to celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote and Women’s Equality Day, which is August 26 each year.
Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of the trailblazers, visionaries, and suffragists who have worked towards equal rights for all.
We honor those who came before us and fought the good fight to secure the vote for over half the country. Those women and men sacrificed and worked hard for years for this achievement. As beneficiaries of this work, we vow to continue to work for equality in pay and as elected officials.
“We take this day to reflect on how far we have come and to look towards the future to see what steps we can take to ensure all women can fulfill their highest potential,” stated by Jenny Carloni, president of the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley.
“The League was founded in 1920, just months before the 19th Amendment was adopted,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “As we approach the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment and the League in 2020, I am encouraged by the women leaders who continue to advocate for equality for all.”
“This year is particularly important to recognize the achievements in the women’s rights movement as we are seeing more female candidates running for office in 2018,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “Today we acknowledge the women who paved the way.”
In 1971 Congress passed a joint resolution honoring Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day. And this year is special as it is now 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave American women the right to vote.