Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Women's Equality Day

A Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971 designated August 26 as Women's Equality Day.  It's the date that the  Nineteenth Amendment, ratified by the requisite number of states on August 18, 1920, became effective.  the Resolution provides:

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.


To commemorate the holiday, try this multiple choice question:

In 1971, who said, "The more education a woman has, the wider the gap between men's and women's earnings for the same work."

a.    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

b.    Sandra Day O'Connor

c.    Patsy Mink 

d.    Pat Nixon

The correct answer is here (page 4) or here
(less well sourced but quicker).

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Happy Women's Equality Day! Sadly, this day was marred with numerous negative, sexist comments on blogs, newspaper articles and facebook about how the 19th Amendment should be repealed, this blog not excluded. (See:

But perhaps this can make up for the lack of positive comments?

True, this article I just pasted is from Glamour Magazine, the same magazine that thrives off of perpetuating gender stereotypes, instructional guides on how to be more feminine and heavily contributes to negative body image. It is also not exactly what I would consider a newsworthy source, which is exactly why I posted this particular link. This article should be filed under "I'm not a feminist, but..." -- however, I'm always a bit heartened to see that, even in the mainstream women's media, readers are happy to congratulate feminist accomplishments.

Posted by: Davida | Aug 27, 2010 4:36:04 AM

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