August 26th, 1920 at 8AM, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed and certified the 19th Amendment, which had passed just one week earlier. Read more about the ratification and history of this proclamation online from the Constitution Center.
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Proclamation Designating August 26, 2020, as Women’s Equality Day
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have historically been treated as second-class citizens and have often been denied 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, and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which culminated a 72-year, non-violent campaign to extend the right to vote to women, 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, that the (name of elected body or elected official or commanding officer) recognizes the commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America won their right to vote, as an opportunity to continue to work for equal rights for ALL citizens.
Happy Women’s Equality Day!