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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Today, August 26, is Women's Equality Day. On this day in 1920, women gained the right to vote with the signing of the 19th Amendment. Everyone should do at least one thing to honor Women's Equality Day and women gaining the right to vote. Me? I'm not entirely sure yet, it's still early for me. Something simple to do for the busy person is just to reflect on what it means that women gained the right to vote on this day, 72 years after the women's rights convention in Seneca Falls. You could also read some women's history.

On this day, it is also important to remember Senator Ted Kennedy. Sen. Kennedy died at age 77 shortly before midnight last night. The 'liberal lion' was a champion for health care, working wages, and equal rights. Organizations like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU hailed Sen. Kennedy for his work in Congress. Sen. Kennedy was definitely a feminist ally and woman's ally.

We should treat everyday as Women's Equality Day. We should be working towards equality everyday. I cannot see Women's Equality Day as remembering when women gained equality, because that has not happened yet. While it is important to remember our past and honor the signing of the 19th Amendment and the Seneca Falls convention, it's also important to remember that we have not reached equality and fight for equality in our everyday lives.

Further Reading:
Celebrate Women's Equality Day on Aug. 26 [Spare Candy]


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