2022 Women's Equality Day: History, Importance, and Celebration


2022 Women's Equality Day: History, Importance, and Celebration

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Every year on August 26 in the US, Women's Equality Day is celebrated. The day honors' the decision, made in 1920 after a protracted battle, to officially grant women the right to vote in the United States. In 1920, the US constitution underwent an alteration known as the Nineteenth Amendment to grant women equal voting rights. By the middle of the 920s, 35 of the USA's 50 states had voted in favor of the legislation granting women the right to vote. However, for the ratification to be approved by the federal government, 3/4th or 36 votes in favor were required.

Four states—Connecticut, Vermont, North Carolina, and Florida—had refused to take this resolution into contemplation and each of them gave a different justification. The other states had completely vetoed the amendment.

The amendment was now subject to Tennessee's approval, which on August 18, 1920, became the 36th state to ratify it. The Women's Equality Day, however, is observed on August 26—six days later than this. This is due to the fact that, even after ratification, a constitutional amendment is not valid until it has been approved by the relevant government officials, which in this case occurred on August 26, 1920.

The individual is responsible for certifying this modification was intended to be U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. On August 26, 1920, he did so from his residence in Washington, D.C. As a result, this date was chosen to commemorate the day.

The theme for Women's Equality Day 2022

Women's Equality Day's topic for this year is similar to that of last year. Last year's theme, which was "hard-won" universal suffrage, has been expanded to "hard-won not done" this year. The section that was "hard-earned" concentrated on the rights that were won after much struggle, but the part that was "not done" this year indicates that gender equality has not yet been attained.

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