Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Women's Equality Day

In 1971, Congress passed a resolution making August 26, Women’s Equality Day, to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 giving women the right to vote. This law grew out of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention marking the start of the women’s rights movement. Leading the cause to get women equal voting rights were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Anthony was the first woman to have her likeness on any type of U.S. currency - the silver dollar coin. Later this year, the Treasury Department will announce which woman will appear on the ten dollar bill starting in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Learn more about women’s history and the Seneca Falls Convention.

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