Women's Equality Day

8/26/2014

WHEREAS, in 1848, women of the United States began organizing peaceful protests for their right to fully and equally participate in workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities, as well as the right to vote and participate in government; and

WHEREAS, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified, securing women the fundamental right to vote; and

WHEREAS, in 1971 Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, to serve as a symbol of the ongoing fight for equal rights; and

WHEREAS, women play a critical role in families, the workplace, and in society as a whole, contributing to our economy and advancing our nation; and

WHEREAS, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women and pays tribute to all those who fight for their progress; and

WHEREAS, Women’s Equality Day is an opportunity to recognize the advancements in women’s rights and to recommit to the goal of equality;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 25, 2014, as WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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