Introduction – Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 every year for honoring American women achieving the constitutional right to vote in their country. This day is observed in the United States to mark the achievements made by women in several fields. This day aims is to spread awareness for the difficulties that are faced by women in society in equal opportunities, gender-based discrimination, pay disparity, gender-based violence, and abortion rights.
History – To achieve equal rights, the first peaceful protests were conducted at the world’s first Women’s Rights Convention in the New York state in the year 1848. Bella Abzug, United States Congress Representative introduced the bill for celebrating August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in the year 1971 to mark the continuous efforts made by women for achieving equal rights or status in society. This day also marks the nationwide strike or demonstrated by women and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 19th Amendment approval. Richard Nixon, President of the United States, declared to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26 annually in the year 1973. This day was also observed to honor the approval of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the year 1920 that granted women the right to vote in the United States.
Significance – Women’s Equality Day draws attention to the difficulties faced by women and marks the commemoration of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution. This day also acknowledges the achievements made by women in many fields. The main purpose of this day is to raise awareness for the difficulties that are faced by women in society in equal opportunities, gender-based discrimination, pay disparity, gender-based violence, and abortion rights.
Celebrations – This day is observed by recognizing the achievements made by women in several fields. There are several donation programs, which are set up for donating funds to help women from low-income backgrounds. On this day, the color purple is recognized globally to symbolize women’s equality. Thus, we can wear purple for showing solidarity. You can also celebrate this day by posting on various social media websites to observe this historical day.