Remember Women's Equality Day
By Maj. Kara Sandifur, 459th Operations Group
/ Published August 28, 2007
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- -- On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, marking a turning point for American women and guaranteeing their right to vote.
We celebrate this milestone as Women's Equality Day and pay tribute to those who stepped forward and demanded that our nation live up to its founding principle of equality for all.
The fight for women's rights formally began in 1848 in Seneca Falls, N.Y., with a convention headed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.
There, Ms. Stanton read her "Declaration of Sentiments," calling upon women to organize and petition for their rights. Sixty-two women and 38 men signed the declaration, marking the beginning of the women's suffrage movement in the United States.
In 1890, Wyoming became the first state whose constitution allowed women to vote, and by 1918, 14 additional states had ratified their constitutions.
Two years later, the 19th Amendment was passed.
Women today continue this legacy of leadership and strength.
They shape the future through contributions to all aspects of American life.
They serve our nation with honor in our Armed Forces. American women serve as models for women in other countries in their endeavors to increase their roles in civic and political life.
On Women's Equality Day, we honor the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout our history, and we pay tribute to all who bring equality in America.