Women’s Equality Day Observance 2019

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  • By Dr. Annette Peartree-Mandley
  • 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

An observance to commemorate the 99th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States will be held at 2 p.m. on August 26th in the lobby of building 1850 on Westover Air Reserve Base.

In 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as ‘Women’s Equality Day’ to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

This year’s poster showcases the 36 states, beginning with Illinois and ending with Tennessee, that were needed for a two-thirds majority to ratify the amendment. Each state is represented by a wood stamp, typical of the age, but whose different wood grains signify the different paths each state took to ratify the amendment.

This year’s celebration theme is: Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote’.

Women in the Armed Forces, public service, and government have long served this nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas, and change people’s attitudes. Women’s Equality Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the many benefits of true equality and the role of women in our nation.

*Information sourced from deomi.org and nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org