The significance of August 26 as Women's Equality Day and the need for India to observe it


The significance of August 26 as Women's Equality Day and the need for India to observe it


When women sought chances that would put them on an equal footing with men, they encountered enormous impediments not so long ago. Inequality between men and women was clearly visible just a quarter century ago in places like workplaces, homes, and even university classrooms.

Women have long fought for equality throughout the world. Every year on August 26, Women's Equality Day is marked in recognition of the struggles women have faced in securing their fair share.

Many women's organisations across the nation commemorate this day and strive arduously to give women equal chances in both education and jobs.

Why do we celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26?

Although many of us are aware with International Women's Day, which is observed annually on March 8, Women's Equality Day, which is observed on August 26 in the United States of America to honour the Constitution's nineteenth amendment, is even less well-known.

The right to vote for all American women is guaranteed by the nineteenth amendment to the US constitution, which was approved by the US Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) called for a "strike for equality," or a nationwide demonstration by women in favour of equal rights, on August 26, 1970, the 50th anniversary of the nineteenth amendment.

The 37th US President, Richard Nixon, was the first to formally designate that day as Women's Rights Day. Since then, the 26th of August has been designated as Women's Equality Day by every US president.

Why is Women's Equality Day a requirement in India?

Throughout history, women have been subjected to unequal treatment, particularly in their homes and places of employment. Women's issues that are pertinent, such safety, pay equity, sexism, and healthcare, are usually disregarded. It is hardly overstating the case to say that there is neither practical nor theoretical equality for women in the twenty-first century. Women's equality has just come to be recognised as a global issue, therefore Women's Equality Day serves as a vehicle to bring this significant subject to the world's notice.

Since we gained independence, the Indian government has granted women the right to vote, but there are many areas where the effort to provide them with equal opportunities in society appears to be waning. Not quite, although there are a few women who represent a sizeable fraction of the population in the Parliament.

India must commemorate Women's Equality Day, much like the United States, in order to acknowledge that there is a persistent issue with women's rights in that country, where girls are still exposed to unfair treatment by society in the guise of culture and custom.

We must provide women with equal opportunity if we want to see our country develop. In addition to other beneficial development outcomes, the economic empowerment of women increases income equality, diversification of the economy, and productivity.

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