August 26 is Women’s Equality Day

Updated: August 1, 2023

“Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.” – National Women’s History Alliance

“The voting rights of Native American women were not recognized until 1924. For Chinese American women, it was 1943, and for Japanese and other Asian American women it was 1952. While African American women were quite active in the women’s suffrage movement of the early 19th century, they remained barred from voting for decades after their white counterparts. It wasn’t until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, that African American women were granted the right to vote.” – Department of Defense Education Activity

Department of Defense Celebrates Women’s Equality Day – Department of Defense Education Activity
Women’s Equality Day – Britannica
4 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – Idealist
Women’s Equality Day Proclamation and Other Resources – National Women’s History Alliance
Women’s Equality Day – National Women’s History Museum
Why is August 26 known as Women’s Equality Day? – National Constitution Center
Women’s Equality Day Should be Every Day – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Happy Women’s Equality Day! – YWCA National Capital Area
CWNY’s list of resources on the 19th Amendment 100th Anniversary – Center for the Women of New York (CWNY)

Aug. 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act signed into law

The Senate Passes the Voting Rights Act – U.S. Senate
VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 – Rock the Vote
The American Presidency Project: Remarks in the Capital Rotunda at the Signing of the Voting Rights Act – University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Equal Rights Amendment

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. Find out the history and which states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment at

Equal Rights Amendment Explained – Brenn Center for Justice at NYU
Equal Rights Amendment – Why it Matters – Brenn Center for Justice at NYU