August 16th, 1920: 19th Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote in the USA.
Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.
...and speaking of women's issues...
I thought I'd hit you with a hodgepodge of interesting links and online discussions about international (and national!) women's issues. Tearjerky, but necessary.
New York Times explores how "changing the lives of women and children in the developing world can change everything."
Acid Attacks in Bangladesh
Chris Brown sentenced to probation, community service, and domestic violence classes. I never want to bring Paris Hilton into any discussion...but EVEN PARIS HILTON HAD TO SERVE A DAY OF JAIL TIME!
A Menstruation Movie? I'm intrigued!
Female voters threatened in Afghanistan elections, some of whom had their fingers chopped off after voting.
Public outcry after Kelly Clarkson mag cover is obviously airbrushed!
Miss Universe claims there are no barriers to women anymore.
...so I'd like Miss Universe to explain to me why there's still a pay gap (and an even worse pay gap for women of color).
Afghanistan legally allows men to deny their wives food as punishment for denying sexual favors.
Partyline will rock your riot grrrl socks off.
Glamour puts a naked, un-airbrushed model in their magazine
"Congo's Rape Epidemic Worsens During U.S.-Backed Military Operations."
"Is Testosterone 'Male?'"
Wizard Rock: Not Just For Men
Play me off, Destiny's Child...