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Celebrating Women's Equality Day

The official program for the first U.S. women’s suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. in 1913

Today we’re celebrating Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day in 1920 that women’s right to vote became national law. President Obama has issued a proclamation recognizing the anniversary and the accomplishments of women over the last 91 years.

“Even before they gained the right to vote, America's women were leaders of movements, academics, and reformers, and had even served in the Congress. Legions of brave women wrote and lectured for change. They let their feet speak when their voices alone were not enough, protesting and marching for their fundamental right to vote in the face of heckling, jail, and abuse. Their efforts led to enormous progress. Millions upon millions of women have since used the power of the ballot to help shape our country.

“On the 91st anniversary of this landmark in civil rights, we continue to uphold the foundational American principles that we are all equal, and that each of us deserves a chance to pursue our dreams. We honor the heroes who have given of themselves to advance the causes of justice, opportunity, and prosperity. As we celebrate the legacy of those who made enormous strides in the last century and before, we renew our commitment to hold true to the dreams for which they fought, and we look forward to a bright future for our Nation's daughters.”

On August 18, we gave a shoutout to the 19th Amendment on the anniversary of its ratification, and to the woman whose telegram helped make history that day. And in case you missed them, take a look at some of our previous posts on recent moves forward for women, from more women in public office to historic changes in women’s health care.

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