History of Women's Equality Day

The right to vote, the cornerstone of democracy, belongs to all citizens — but this wasn’t always the case. Until recently, most countries denied voting rights to women. To claim their voice, women began agitating for the right to vote in the early 19th century. In the U.S., decisions about who could vote were left up to the states. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, ensures voting rights for everyone regardless of gender. In 1971, Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York introduced a resolution to designate August 26th as annual recognition of Women's Equality Day. Today, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women's rights activists, pays tribute to those who have moved us closer to equality for women and girls, and reminds us to continue fighting for these rights.

Women's Equality Day flyer

Join us for Women's Equality Day on August 23, 3-5pm at the Burlingame Community Center!
Register at http://bit.ly/smc_wed2023

4 honorees for the 2022 Women's Hall of Fame: Carole Groom, Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'i, Reyna Poti Meafua, Eva ChenWomen in San Mateo County yellow background with circular logo saying "Support Women Owned Small Businesses" and an illustration of 4 women together in the center.Women-Owned Businesses League of Women Voters logo with 4 women. Women's Inequality Day, August 26, 2022Why Voting Matters!