August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women’s Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote on August 26, 1920. It was the culmination of a 72-year-long civil rights movement that originated at the women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. This was the first in the world. For many years and generations women’s suffrage supporters wrote, lectured, marched, and lobbied to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change to the Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see victory in 1920.
In celebration of Women’s Equality Day here is a list of resources to find out more information: