Women's Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is Saturday, August 26; it celebrates the day in 1920 the 19th Amendment passed giving (white) women the right to vote in all U.S. elections.

This year, instead of holding a special event on August 26, YWCA Northeast Indiana will hold part two of our Equal Pay Series August 30.This date marks how long it takes for a black woman (working into 2017) to make as much money as a white man did in 2016.

A little history on the fight for the 19th Amendment, it was in 1848 when 300 activists gathered for a convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y., to strategize how to achieve women’s suffrage nationwide. Disagreements in 1869 about racial equality divided the women’s right movement between two organizations: The National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association.

It was not until 1963 with the passage of the Equal Pay Act, passed by Congress promising equable wages for the same work, regardless of the race, color, religion, national origin or sex of the worker when all women and men received the right to vote.

To learn more about important dates in the history of the Women’s Rights Movement, please take a look at our timeline graphic below.

Please contact Jennifer Rohlf at mailto:JRohlf@ywcaerew.org or 260-424-4908 ext. 235 for any additional information.

View the full size Women's Rights Timeline