August 26th is Women's Equality Day, celebrating the certification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution. Following the tireless efforts of people across the nation, this amendment granted women the well-earned right to vote—a right that was lost shortly after independence was declared from the British. This was not an easy struggle and suffragettes, as women who took up this cause were known, faced discrimination and imprisonment for their efforts.
In 1971 August 26th was designated as Women's Equality Day, not only to commemorate this triumph, but also to support the continuation of the journey towards equality for women.
The following slideshow will take you through notable figureheads and events of the suffragette movement as well as some of the hardships and public backlash faced by its proponents.