Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day August 26th


Women's Equality Day-August 26 is the Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote! Are you ready to celebrate? Join the UofL Women’s Center in celebration of Women’s Equality Day on August 26!

There will be voter registration, informational booths and entertainment. Come out and learn more about Women’s Equality Day. (For off campus visitors, paid parking available in the Floyd Street parking garage and the Speed Art Museum off of Third Street as well as parking at meters near campus

People often forget that women could not vote throughout the U.S. until 1920. This August 26th is the 95th anniversary of women winning the right to vote through passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Both women and men owe a great deal to the brave suffragists who persevered over seventy years until they succeeded. They were led by outstanding American patriots like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, and many others. We remember them all - speakers, field workers, political organizers, strategists, demonstrators, and prisoners - and honor their love of democracy on Equality Day, August 26.
This 95th anniversary also marks the start of the drive to recognize the final five years of this great civil rights movement, leading up to its centennial in 2020. New efforts like the campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill and placing statues of suffragists in New York and Tennessee show that exciting activities have already begun.
Since women in every state were involved, it can be very rewarding to learn about that part of local history. 
This year, celebrate women's vital victory for democracy.

Remember, women won their political independence with the help of supportive men and their success made the U.S. a more complete democracy. Like the Fourth of July, Women's Equality Day is a day for all of us to celebrate.

(Source: National’s Women’s History Project, 2015)