Many “holidays” that we come across are little more than promotional spots, but Women’s Equality Day is official–as in U.S. Congress designated official. At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug, in 1971 the U.S. Congress declared Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Isn’t that a nice holiday? Here’s to the suffragists!
So how does one celebrate Women’s Equality Day?
Register to Vote
Chances are you’re already registered to vote. But, just in case you’re not, what better way to celebrate a day commemorating a woman’s right to vote, than registering to vote? It doesn’t get more poetic than that. You can register right here at our Election ’08 page under the “Get Involved” column.
Sign a Petition to Support Women’s Health Rights
The Bush administration is proposing a new regulation that would discourage doctors and health-care clinics from providing birth control to women who need it. This regulation would require federal health programs to certify that they will hire nurses and other providers who openly object to abortion or contraception in order to receive federal aid to run their programs. You can let your members of Congress know that you oppose this attack on women’s health and individual rights by signing this petition.
Visit a Women’s History Organization or Museum
Check out the National Women’s History Project for a comprehensive directory of Women’s History Organizations and Museums listed by state.