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Aug 08.26

Women’s Equality Day

Posted In: Charity Pot

Did you know that less than a century ago, women in the United States were considered second-class citizens, and were not entitled to vote?

After years of peaceful, civil protest, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was passed on August 26, 1920, resulting in women winning the right to participate in state and federal elections. The women’s suffrage movement was instrumental in creating this change, starting with the world’s first women’s rights convention in 1848. Demanding that the 19th amendment be passed was based on the belief that voting is the most powerful act a citizen can perform. Since 1971 on August 26, the first Women’s Equality Day, the president delivers a proclamation honoring the day’s historic significance.

Here’s two things you can do to mark the occasion.

Become a registered voter

We are fortunate to live in a region of the world that recognizes the rights of women to vote. Support the change that was put into motion by the suffragettes and make sure you are registered as a voter in your area. Check out this US government's page to find all the information you need to make sure your name is on the registered voter list.

Learn about current women’s rights issues around the world

Globally, there are many groups working to increase human rights capacities for women. Learning about the work being done around the world can be as easy as reading up on our Charity Pot partners. The program supports many organizations, including the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), a group that advocates for women in the war-torn region of northern Iraq.

Women Farm Project in Iraq

OWFI runs the only women’s safe house, safe-passage and support network for women threatened with sexual slavery in ISIS-controlled cities, and are dedicated to rebuilding Iraq on the basis of secular democracy and human rights for all. Their Women Farm project supports women farmers who have been displaced from their homes and are fleeing violence by providing shelter, food and social support.

How will you commemorate Women’s Equality Day? Share your thoughts!