In Celebration of Women

Happy Women’s Equality Day!

In 1971 a joint resolution of Congress chose August 26th of every year to be designated as Women’s Equality Day. This particular date was selected because of the two significant events in women’s history that occurred on that day: the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920 and the 1970 nationwide demonstration for women’s rights.

Women (and men!) hiked around the east coast in support of women’s suffrage? Two major “Suffrage Hikes” brought attention to the campaign: the 1912 hike from Manhattan to Albany, NY and the 1913 hike from Manhattan to Washington, DC. (Photo: Suffrage hikers on way to Washington, 1913. Library of Congress.)

Women (and men!) hiked around the east coast in support of women’s suffrage. Two major “Suffrage Hikes” brought attention to the campaign: the 1912 hike from Manhattan to Albany, NY, and the 1913 hike from Manhattan to Washington, D.C. (Photo: Suffrage hikers on way to Washington, 1913. Library of Congress. Caption courtesy of the National Women’s History Museum.)

Think you know everything there is to know about the history of women’s rights in the United States of America? Take this quiz and find out. Or this one.

So how’d you do? Need to brush up on a few things? Here are just a few of the many items available at the library to help improve your knowledge of women’s history in America:

Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists by Jean H. Baker

The American Women’s Rights Movement: A Chronology of Events and of Opportunities from 1600 to 2008 by Paul D. Buchanan

A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz

The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women’s Liberation edited by Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally G. McMillen

The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America by Ruth Rosen

The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention by Judith Wellman

I feel like there should be cake or something.
-Melissa M.

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4 responses to “In Celebration of Women

  1. It’s amazing to me that it hasn’t even been 100 years and so many of us take it for granted.

  2. Amanda

    You can’t take for granted an equality that you don’t have. Gender based violence and inequality are still real everyday.

    Economic Inequality and black women:
    http://www.post-gazette.com/business/businessnews/2010/03/09/Study-finds-median-wealth-for-single-black-women-at-5/stories/201003090163

    Indigenous women have just next year gained a legal recourse for sexual violence:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/new-law-offers-a-sliver-of-protection-to-abused-native-american-women/2014/02/08/0466d1ae-8f73-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html

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