Sunday, August 26, 2012 will mark the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote and the 38th anniversary of former Governor Brendan T. Byrne signing legislation to establish the New Jersey Division on Women. Please join DCF in honoring the voting rights of American women.
Following more than 70 years of peaceful civil rights protests, the United States Congress finally ratified the 19th Amendment in 1920 and granted women the right to vote. In 1971, the Joint Resolution of Congress established August 26th as Women’s Equality Day in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment.
Women’s Equality Day also reminds us of the need to continue to work each day for equality, justice, peace, and development for women from various nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, religions, economic, and political backgrounds.
This Women’s Equality Day, please take a moment to reflect on women’s progress and celebrate the history and future of women’s rights, privileges, and equality throughout our country.