What is Woman’s Equality Day?
Woman’s Equality Day is celebrated in the United states on August 26th, to remember the passing of the nineteenth amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. The nineteenth amendment gave woman the right to vote. Although voting rights began in in 1920, Woman’s Equality day did not begin until over 50 years later, in 1973.
When was it passed?
Following the 1970 nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality, and again in 1973, when arguments over the Equal Rights Amendment continued, Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York introduced a resolution that made August 26 Women’s Equality Day. The president at the time, President Nixon, issued a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day. Since then every president since has issued a proclamation designating August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.
On August 24th, 2018 President Trump gave a short speech commemorating women and the progression towards opportunities for women.
In the same spirit of the 19th Amendment, we must continue to seek an environment of opportunity for all women. My Administration, therefore, continues to support the advancement of women throughout our country. The economy is growing and increasing opportunities to work and thrive as a result of our economic policies, including the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the elimination of unnecessary and burdensome regulations. The unemployment rate for women has recently reached a 65-year low.
He also continued the tradition of Women’s Equality Day by issuing another proclamation for August 26th.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2018, as Women’s Equality Day. I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.