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Women’s Equality Day– History & the 21st Century

Posted by Crystal Williams on August 26, 2014

The American Revolution was won not only with the effort and treasure of honorable men, but also of honorable hard working women. To avoid silk and linen acquisition from England, women wove their own cloth for their families and many women disguised themselves as men and fought in the war against England. Nevertheless, when the United States Constitution was adopted in 1789, it did not include women.

Women’s Equality Day is Tuesday, August 26th and commemorates a hot day in August 1920 when women officially gained the right to vote – this right and the movement to gain voting rights for women was referred to as “women’s suffrage.” The struggle for equal treatment of women has been a difficult and painful road paved with the bravery of those who dared to test the boundaries of human dignity and request equality for women. Women’s Equality Day in the United States marks a turning point for all women and has had global effects.

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