Monday, Aug. 26 was Women's Equality Day, the 93 anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. WFAA News reported Monday evening that “a call for equality” march to commemorate the anniversary was held in Dallas and in cities around the country.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement first began in July 1848 when the Seneca Falls Convention issued the first formal demand authored by U.S. women for suffrage. Ironically, American women and American blacks were forced to often petition for equal rights together, suffrage even having to be suspended during the Civil War and not resuming until 1869 when Wyoming women would win the right to vote. However, the Nineteenth Amendment did not pass until Aug. 26, 1926, 57 years after Wyoming women were given the vote and 78 years after women began the fight for their rights and equality in America.
Women brandishing signs and banners reading “We Demand Equality” and “Support Women, Expand Voting Rights” 87 years after the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment and more than 165 years following the first formal demand made by U.S. women is shocking. During the Dallas women’s equality march, marchers said they are concerned about recent attacks on women’s rights and health care. Recent media has raised a question of greater concern, asking whether women are using their right to vote to better insure their equality and their rights, consistently and effectively.