Women's Equality Day

Annually, August 26th commemorates the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a peaceful civil rights movement that began in 1848 with the first organized women's assembly for equal rights. It took 72 years for the legislation to be enacted. The women who lobbied for this were known as suffragists –a voting tablet in ancient times.

Interestingly, the women of New Zealand were granted the right to vote in 1893. More information can be found on the website National Women's History Project www.nwhp.org

Last modified onTuesday, 19 March 2013 15:52
Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman founded Garden State Woman, Inc. in 1998 and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation 501(c)3 in 2007. In recognition of the need for women everywhere, including New Jersey, to take firmer control of their futures and their families’ futures - in a world that is still not equally balanced between the opportunities and rewards provided men and women - for equal efforts in many aspects of their personal and professional lives.

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