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August 26, 2022 | News

Adams 14 Celebrates Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, 2022

Illustration of several women of different races and ethnicities

Adams 14 is proud to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2022!

The national celebration commemorates when women first attained the constitutional right to vote in the United States on Aug. 26, 1920, through the 19th Amendment. Congress recognized the historic achievement by officially passing a bill in 1973 declaring Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day every year. 

However, the 19th Amendment did not guarantee suffrage for all women, including Native American women, who did not gain the right to vote until 1924; or Asian Pacific Islander American women, who gained the right to vote in 1952. African-American and Latin American women also suffered voter suppression until Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 1975.

The 19th Amendment and the passage of several voting rights acts created further momentum for women to obtain equal opportunities in social, professional, and educational spheres. Yet women in the United States have united to ensure that these rights and privileges are available equally to all citizens regardless of sex and gender, and they should be commended for their advances toward a more equitable society.

On this day, Adams 14 acknowledges the unique challenges and societal barriers women face and the rights that need defending and strengthening. We recognize the importance of Women’s Equality Day as an opportunity for students and adults to learn about and commemorate the efforts of trailblazing women leaders.