Womens Equality Day

Womens Equality Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateAugust 26, 2024
2025 DateAugust 26, 2025

Womens Equality Day

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Womens Equality Day History

Women's Equality Day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and progress women have made in their fight for equal rights. This day serves as a reminder of the continuous struggle for gender equality and women's empowerment, while honoring the courageous efforts of those who fought tirelessly to secure women’s right to vote. Women's Equality Day also stresses the importance of continuing to work towards comprehensive equality, recognizing the persistent disparities in areas such as income, education, and political representation that still affect women today.

The roots of Women's Equality Day can be traced back to the early 20th century when women suffragists campaigned to grant women the right to vote in the United States. Their unwavering efforts eventually culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, which guaranteed women's suffrage. This historic event marked a significant milestone in the journey towards gender equality in the United States. Women's Equality Day was officially established by joint resolution of Congress in 1971, introduced by Rep. Bella Abzug, as a way to commemorate this landmark accomplishment and remind Americans of the ongoing struggle for women's rights.

Today, Women's Equality Day is observed in various ways across the United States, including educational initiatives, discussions, and forums that highlight the importance of gender equality and the remaining challenges women face. Events are organized by various organizations, schools, and community groups to raise awareness about the importance of women's rights, focusing on topics such as gender pay gaps, workplace discrimination, and female representation in leadership roles. Reflecting on the importance of the 19th Amendment and the suffragist movement, Women's Equality Day is observed annually on August 26 to mark the day when the amendment was certified as law.

Womens Equality Day facts

  • According to gviusa, 123 countries have no laws on sexual harassment in education. In 59 countries, there are no laws on sexual harassment in the workplace. In 18 countries, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working.
  • As of 1 January 2022, the global share of women in lower and single houses of national parliaments reached 26.2%, up from 22.4% in 2015
  • On average, women spend approximately three times more hours per day on unpaid care and domestic work than men.
  • Globally, women only earn 81 cents for every dollar that men earn.

Top things to do in the US for Womens Equality Day

  • Browse internships and opportunities offered by Global Vision International (GVI). They offer women around the world the chance to develop themselves personally and professionally. They utilize hands-on field gender equality and women's rights initiatives.
  • Volunteer with GVI and help empower women around the world. GVI allows volunteers to teach and learn new skills.
  • Watch a movie about awe-inspiring women. Here are some examples:
    Little Women (2019)
    Hidden Figures (2016)
    Iron Lady (2011)
  • Watch Hidden Figures (2016), a movie that tells the story of three African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race.

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