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How to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

How to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

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.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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9:59PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thanks for the article

5:19AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Celebrate Women by listening to Leonard Cohen. Any album. He worships women.

12:35AM PST on Nov 6, 2012


1:16AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

How very interesting, I've never heard of this holiday! Too bad it doesn't include more days off! Thanks for eye opener!

1:27AM PST on Mar 11, 2012

women,thank you for inspiring us

12:59AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

thank you for this article :)

6:54PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Good article. We woman are heading in the right direction, although we're not there yet.

11:30PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Oh, but Janice, these days do help bring the issues to the public! Women's Equality Day is an excuse for schools to remind our children and teens that it hasn't always been this way -- and to let them know that change is possible, and desirable.

6:45PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Draw the little girls to your knees Sit with them. Tell them how it used to be for women and that not so long ago. Tell them what women did to release themselves from slavery to the man of the house,.

Dream with them a little while. What do they want to do in their lives to enrich the lives of their daughters?

1:41AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Immensely sensible suggestions, in particular, registering to vote. Women of bygone times gave up their lives to win the right to vote for women.

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