The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joined communities across the United States on Friday, August 26, 2016 to commemorate Women’s Equality in America.
Women’s Equality Day was designated on August 26 in 1971 by a Joint Resolution in Congress to honor the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, establishing the right to vote for women in America. The movement toward the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution began decades earlier in 1948 at the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.
Women’s Equality Day is not only a day Americans observe the extraordinary women’s movement toward the right to vote, it is also a time to reflect on the continuing efforts of the women and men who are still tirelessly working toward achieving full equality in all areas of life for women in this country.
“We are in an important time for women’s rights in America,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “America continues to grow stronger everyday the women’s movement advances toward full equality for all women,” continued Hamad.
AHRC strongly encourages all Americans to honor and commemorate Women’s Equality Day on August 26 and everyday. Together, we can overcome the most pressing challenges and barriers that women face daily. The health and well-being of the women and girls in our communities must continue to be a top priority for all of us.
To learn more about Women’s Equality Day, please visit http://www.nwhp.org/resources/commemorations/womens-equality-day/