Tomorrow, Friday, August 26, women across the United States will celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the 91st anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Bella Abzug first introduced legislation in Congress for Women’s Equality Day in 1971, and every president since has published a proclamation designating August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.
In Chicago, women will gather at Daley Plaza at noon for a rally, performances and a keynote address from Justice Joy V. Cunningham of the Illinois Appellate Court. Click here for more information on the event.
As co-founder and co-president of the Women’s Business Development Center I am proud to lead an organization that is committed to advocating and working for an equal society where women and minority-owned businesses have equal chances to succeed. The celebration of Women’s Equality Day means that when women organize and collaborate passionately and strategically for their rights and for equality, that we can change the world. There is so much that must be done locally, nationally and internationally to bring women into leadership, to fight discrimination and oppression, to eliminate violence and abuse, and to educate and inform the citizens of the world about women’s equality.
I would love to hear what Women’s Equality Day means to you. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Hedy M. Ratner is co-founder and co-president of the Women’s Business Development Center.