Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Women's Equality Day 2020 celebrates the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the U.S.

I closed Colbert and FiveThirtyEight return to recap the second night of the Republican National Convention with "today is National Women’s Equality Day. Stay tuned for a brief post celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote." As I wrote last year, "There will be one more 100th anniversary to celebrate, August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment was certified by U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. I hope to remember that date as well." To celebrate the occasion, I'm sharing two videos, beginning with Women's Equality Day from Reuters.

100 years ago American women were granted the constitutional right to #vote in a major victory for the women’s #suffrage movement. #WomensEqualityDay
As I wrote in response to the Good Morning America video I embedded on the 100th anniversary of Tennessee ratifying the 19th Amendment, "I agree; it was a good first step, but more still needs to be done." Speaking of which, women's equality is about more than being able to vote. It's about equality in the workplace as well. The U.S. Army uploaded a video about that earlier today, Women's Equality Day Recognizes Significance of Women in the Military.

Sergeant Major Tres Bien Adams discusses Women's Equality Day, her military career, the first time she voted, and women’s ever-evolving role in the military. (Video by Russell Toof)
The U.S. Armed Forces, particularly the Army, led the way in desegregating society. They can also do it for gender equality. If the Army can do it, then civilians can, too.

Happy Women's Equality Day!

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