Today, we honor the pioneers of women’s equality by doing our part to realize their struggle and living their dream of voting. Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, commemorates the struggles of women to be heard, as fierce advocates who gained the statutory right to vote. FEW ask you to join us as we remember their spirit of never giving up fighting for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion of a woman’s voice through their vote.
But it wasn’t over with the passage of the 19th Amendment for all women. While women in some states could already vote before 1920, women in some states—particularly those of color—were blocked from voting after ratification. It wasn’t until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, that African American women were granted the right to vote. Additionally, the voting rights of Native American women were not recognized until 1924. For Chinese American women, it was 1943, and for Japanese and other Asian American women it was 1952. And even today, there is conversation and legislation introduce on the right to vote.
As we commemorate Women’s Equality Day, let’s remember that empowered women, empower other women and with great respect, power, success comes great responsibility. It is our responsibility to vote. Women in public service and government have long served this nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas, and change people’s attitudes. FEW members are there to lead and we continue the work of the suffragist and ensuring our voice be heard through our vote.