Women’s Equality Day Date in the current year: August 26, 2016

Women’s Equality Day Every year United States President proclaims Women’s Equality Day to commemorate anniversary of the day women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote. It has been observed on August 26 since 1971.

On August 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment was proclaimed incorporated into the United States Constitution. This amendment prohibited any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of their sex basically granting the right to vote to women throughout the United States. The 19th Amendment is considered to have been the culmination of women’s suffrage in the U.S.

In 1971, August 26 was designed as Women’s Equality Day. Since then, it was proclaimed annually by every President. This observance focuses on celebrating women’s fight for equal rights and honoring brave and determined women who are not afraid to assert their rights.

Despite the ratification of the 19th Amendment, gender equality still remains an important issue in the modern society. The right to vote is not the only measure of gender equality. Political participation, economic empowerment, access to education, equal rights in marriage and divorce as well as many other factors are also essential for gender equality.

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