If marching nude in Phoenix or Tempe is not your style, you can enjoy the Phoenix/Scottsdale National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter's Women's Equality Day celebration. The event will be held on Monday the 26th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Fair Trade Cafe at Roosevelt and First Avenue in Phoenix.
The free event features poetry, song and politics. According to the organizers, you should
bring your art, your words, your joy, your concerns, your diatribes and you too can have five minutes to share with us all.
On Sunday, there are two events from which to choose for more daring women.
In Phoenix, there will be a Topless March for Women's Equality on Sunday. The event takes place
at 10:00 am at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road in Phoenix.
In Tempe, the 2nd Go Topless Day protest will start at the Tempe Farmers Market, University Drive west of Mill Avenue at 10 a.m. Participants will march down Mill Avenue to put a spotlight on gender inequality. There were 40 women and men in last year's march.
While many women fight for the right to go topless in public as men are allowed, other women
demonstrate to shed light on additional forms of sexual inequality. Phoenix' Topless March for Equality organizer Ioana Samartinean sees the event as a way to
stand up against sexism, rape culture, and the sexualization & objectification of women's bodies.
According to GoTopless.org, August 25 of each year is Go Topless Day. It falls on the day before Women's Equality Day. On August 26, 1920, women earned their right to vote. Congress declared it unconstitutional to deny women the right to vote based on their gender.
In 1971, Congress made August 26 Women's Equality Day, nationally recognized date that the president of the United States is summoned to commemorate each year.