• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Women’s Equality Day: The 'war on women' continues in 21st century

Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, an annual event that celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment. It was on this day back in 1920, women finally won the right to vote after decades of a courageous civil rights effort.

Women’s Equality Day

Social activist, attorney and Congresswoman, Bella Abzug. introduced Women’s Equality Day decades ago. In 1971, a Joint Resolution of the United States Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. Aug. 26 not only looks back at an important event in history but also raises awareness that women continue to fight for full equality today.

It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t too long ago that women were unable to vote. Yet still today, some lawmakers are attempting to make it extremely difficult for some Americans to vote. All Americans should be afforded this constitutional right regardless of gender, race, age, political persuasion or socio-economic class.

While the reality that women continue to earn less than their male counterparts for equal work, the war on women continues. It is important for women to look beyond all of the the political rhetoric and delve into the candidate's’ beliefs and values, or lack thereof, before casting their votes in the next election.

Aug. 26 is also National Dog Day.