Women's Equality Day on August 26th commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting American women the right to vote.
This historic amendment was the culmination of the women's suffrage movement, a decades-long fight for voting rights led by activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
On this day, Americans reflect on the pioneering role of 19th and 20th century suffragists who dedicated their lives to advancing gender equality. It is also a time to consider the progress made and work still needed in empowering women in education, the workplace, healthcare and public life.
Government officials issue proclamations on Women's Equality Day. Commemorative events, marches, and educational programs are held around the country.
The day reminds us that democracy requires the inclusion and participation of all citizens regardless of gender. It celebrates women as equal partners and leaders shaping society.