In 1973, Congress declared August 26th "Women's Equality Day."
The date, according to the National Women's History Alliance, celebrates the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and brings awareness to the continued fight for women's equality.
Former Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) introduced the idea of the day to Congress in 1971, at a time when she and several other leaders were calling attention to the lack of women's representation in politics. That same year, she partnered with a group of activists, including Gloria Steinem, former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hame,r to start the National Women's Political Caucus, an organization aimed at increasing women's participation in all areas of political and public life.
Since the organization's inception, not only has the number of women state legislator's increased, from 4.7% in 1971 to 28.9% in 2019, but women's participation at the polls has also increased.
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