Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Women's Equality Day

Today is Women's Equality Day in the U.S. It marks the anniversary of the ratifiction of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote nationwide. How many years ago was this? Not even 100. It occurred in 1920, after a 72-year campaign by first-wave feminists and suffragists.

We have Jimmy Carter to thank for designating this day "Women's Equality Day" in 1977 during his Presidency. To celebrate, you might want to visit Gerri Gribi's terrific web page containing more info on the history of women's suffrage, plus musical suggestions (including a Mass that includes a "March of the Women") as well as a multitude of other links. Also, as you may be aware, many of the suffragists recognized the role religion played in keeping women from being full citizens. For extra inspiration, you want want to read, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's The Woman's Bible and Matilda Joslyn Gage's Women Church, and State (yes, these are the full texts!)

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At Thursday, August 27, 2009 3:57:00 AM, Anonymous Sabrina said...

It's so easy to take our rights as women in the United States for granted. So many women around the world are treated as second-class citizens, who have little to no say in the government.

I recently saw a film about women in rural China who work hard to have their voices heard in the government. Here is a link to the short documentary:

I hope this film reminds readers to be thankful for women's rights, but also that the fight for equality between genders is not over yet.


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