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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2021 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command

WASHINGTON – On August 26, 1920, then Secretary of State, Bainbridge Colby officially certified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution with his signature and the seal of the United States. The 19th Amendment prohibited the government from denying people the right to vote based on their sex, ultimately giving women the right to vote. Then, in 1971, Congress passed a Joint Resolution to establish Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the 19th amendment 

Since then, every year on August 26, we commemorate Women’s Equality Day by remembering the Women’s Suffrage Movement that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, as well as focusing attention on the continued efforts of women in gaining full equality.

August 26, 2021, marks the 101st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the 50th anniversary of the celebration of Women’s Equality Day.

This Women’s Equality Day, join us in a round of applause for all of the woman, past and present, who are paving the way for future generations.


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