Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment that grants women the constitutional right to vote. It is observed every August 26, which is the day that U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the amendment in 1920.  

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

However, not all women were able to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other obstacles were still placed on marginalized groups who exercised their right to vote. This didn’t change until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 removed these barriers.

Representative Bella Abzug first championed a bill in 1971 to designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. It wasn’t until two years later in 1973 that Congress officially passed the resolution. 

In addition to celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment, Women’s Equality Day aims to call attention to women’s continuing efforts toward complete equality. 

TwinStar is proud to observe Women’s Equality Day — and is committed to equity for all of our employees and members.