Friday, Aug. 26, marked the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. To mark what is referred to as Women’s Equality Day, a number of news outlets, blogs and women’s groups as well as President Barack Obama shared thoughts, statements and stories about the anniversary.
Additionally, a number of women’s groups have gotten together to launch HERvotes, a campaign to mobilize women voters in 2012 specifically around the issues of health care and economic rights (Check out the website: www.hervotes.org).
In line with that effort, Ms. Magazine compiled a list of 10 laws that advanced women that are now being “threatened” or are at risk. That list includes women’s right to vote, which some argue is being challenged by new ID requirements that 34 states considered this year that aim at students, people of color and women, particularly since perhaps as many as 32 million women do not have the required documentation in their current legal name.
Here’s a selection of Women’s Equality Day coverage and commentary:
- Obama declares August 26 “Women’s Equality Day (Reuters)
- Presidential Proclamation – Women’s Equality Day (The White House)
- Top 10 songs about women’s equality (The Nation, blog)
- Tiffany Dufu: Women’s Equality Day address at West Point (excerpt)
- Women’s Equality Day: What the Heck Do I Tell My Daughter? (Huffington Post)
- National Organization for Women Celebrates Women’s Equality Day (Statement from NOW president)
- It’s the 91st Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage: A gallery of propaganda cartoons from the movement (Slate XX Factor)
- On This Day: Colby Proclaims Women’s Suffrage (New York Times, archives)
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