Women's Equality Day is a national holiday in the United States that celebrates the certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote on August 26, 1920. The amendment was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, and was first introduced to Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron Sargent of California.
In 1971, Congress designated August 26 as "Women's Equality Day" to commemorate the amendment's passage. Every year since then, the President has issued a proclamation on Women's Equality Day encouraging all Americans to celebrate the progress made by women and to recommit to the fight for full gender equality.
While Women's Equality Day is a time to celebrate how far women have come, it is also a reminder that the fight for gender equality is not over. Women still earn less than men for doing the same work, and they are underrepresented in leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. There is much work to be done to achieve full gender equality, and Women's Equality Day is a reminder of the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done.
So today, let us celebrate Women's Equality Day by recommitting to the fight for full gender equality. Let us work together to create a more just and equitable world for all. And let us never forget that when women are empowered, everyone benefits.