Women’s Equality Day is observed on 26th August every year since 1971 in the United States of America (USA). But now it is celebrated internationally around the world to empower women fighting against inequality barriers.
26th August was revealed as Women’s Equality Day by the united states congress in 1971 to recall the memory of the 1920’s adoption of 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women ‘right to vote’.
Origin of Women’s Equality Day is in the United States of America. US history has seen so many movements for complete equality between men and women in every way leading by different leaders/feminists in a different time period.
History: Women’s Equality Day 2020
First female rights convention was held in July 1848 in New York (Seneca Falls Area) organized by two feminist Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. At the convention, representatives were adopted the declaration of feelings there and a number of resolutions were put forward, one of which was women’s right to vote.
The journey was very long to attain the right to vote for women. women were not allowed to vote in most states and were often arrested while tried to crusting their ballots during elections under 14th and 15th amendment which was passed in 1868 and 1870 respectively. That is,
14th Amendment: Voting rights for all male citizens only over 21 years old. 15th Amendment: Right to vote shall not be derided by any central or state government on account of race, colour or previous condition of servitude.
The fifteenth amendment ensured the right to vote for all men without the matter of race and colour. However, it did not grant the right to vote for women. Inserting of the word ‘male’ to the constitution and right to vote of African American men according to the 14th amendment forced women to raise voice against this act – why only men, why not women?
After a protest of approximately a Century with many suffrage movements 19th amendment of ‘Women Rights to Vote’ adopted in 1920 by the US constitution. In the year 1878, the amendment was first introduced in the US congress by A. Sargent (California Senator Aaron) on the commanding of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
This amendment is also called as the Anthony Amendment after she arrested for voting in the year 1870 in the presidential elections. In 1971 the US Congress designated August 26 as the Women’s Equality Day to recall the memory of 1920, adoption of 19th amendment. Feminists Bello Abzug (a representative) was proposed to do so.
On the other hand, in 1920 the secretary of the state ‘Bambridge Colby’ signed the proclamation of voting rights of women in the constitution of the United States. Since 1973 the US president has announced the date of Women’s Equality Day and read the proclamation highlighting, the suffrage movements amazing work.
Every country has its own historical story of sufferings of women due to inequality rights like voting rights. Society is not actually taking care of the real caretakers of us and society.
Problems Facing by Women
Majority of families are giving less importance to a girl child with some restriction because of dangerous crimes happening nowadays. We all are known about the thrilling news of acid attacks, rape cases, murders etc. which create an insecure situation to women due to the perpetrators.
After marriage women face evils of dowry where they tortured mentally & physically and ultimately, they attempt to suicide. Low social attitude toward women demoralizes many progressing women.
Lack of education is a very big problem because if we don’t provide them with a better sense of education, then how can they survive in this competitive world & what should they teach their children after marriage. We have to remember that,
" जब एक आदमी शिक्षित होता है, तो एक परिवार शिक्षित होता है लेकिन जब एक महिला शिक्षित होती है, तो पूरा समाज शिक्षित होता है। "
Some of the women live throughout her life poorly due to illiteracy and unemployment. In medieval age in India, women education was neglected and they kept behind the curtain during the Mughal and Turk Afghan rule. But in the case of Aryan & Harappan civilizations, education was allowed for both man & women.
If we search out problems there will be many such problems women are facing directly or indirectly nowadays. Women are very much important to our society. They are man’s source of inspiration. They bring up their children with proper care and knowledge who are the future of the nations.
Once Napoleon said, “Give me good Mothers, and I will give you a good Nation.” It is absolutely true, so it is upon us that with every support to women wipe out all their problems and treating them equal as men and properly educate them for building up a better future.
Celebrations: Women’s Equality Day
There are various ways that you can observe Women’s Equality Day. Probably the best activity on this date is to pay accolade for the astounding females that have had a huge effect on the development. Invest some energy doing to investigate online to teach yourself further on the issue.
You can spread data with your companions, relatives, and adherents on the web so you can build mindfulness among the entirety of your friends and family. Faith without any work is dead. So, do some work to highlight Women’s Equality Day and support women in every aspect.
Personally, get knowledge about movements of women rights, how they were suffering then only we build up respect and honour for women in our hearts.
Say Thanks to All Women
In this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, pay a great tribute to the women fighters of coronavirus; doctors, police, social workers, nurses etc. in social media by posting photos of honour. In this lockdown, period tries to find out and solve the problems of women in your locality.
Due to our govt. and for their skims & policies men and women are getting an equal opportunity in every field. In some corporates, there is a 25% reservation for the female candidate. These companies are knowing the power of women and now they encouraging all female candidates to join the corporate sector.
There is hope for change only if there is a social awakening. Through your personal work and deeds, impact socially & inculcate among them and sense of dignity and respect towards women.
Inspirational Quotes: Women’s Equality Day
I am sharing some inspirational quotes of famous people to keep you inspired in the fight for equal human rights on Women’s Equality Day and beyond.
1. “We’re all under the same sky and walk the same earth; we’re alive together during the same moment.” – Maxine Hong Kingston
2. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
3. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” – Sheryl Sandberg
4. “If you limit a women, then you are not a human.” – Unknown
5. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
6. “I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” – Malala Fund
7. “A woman can be anything she wants as long as she decides to never fear anyone. Cheers to all the strong women out there. Happy Women’s Equality Day.”
8. “A woman is one who follows her own footsteps rather than following the direction shown by the crowd.” Happy Women’s Equality Day!
9. “Our mother is one person who makes us realize our dreams. Cheers to the existence of this great creature of the Universe!”
10. “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
11. “Some men are so indoctrinated that they sincerely believe that other than cooking and cleaning the only thing that a woman can do better than them is being a woman.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
12. “I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley
Summary: Women’s Equality Day
In these days the differentiate problem between men and women is not a highlight point. But in some region, it is there. So, celebrate this day and let known to others about the importance of women and provide complete independence to women.
This day sets an example that women are not weak, they do not belong to a weaker community. Women are warrior, they deserve more and whenever they feel that they are suppressed they will fight for their right.
So it’s an anniversary, to celebrate women’s empowerment and to remind them about the strength of a lady. Observe this day and aware people about ‘The taking care of the Real Care Taker’. With eternal love and respect, wish you all a very happy women’s equity day 2020.
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