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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 13, 2019 09:28 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Women’s Equality Day
Forty-five years ago, the Congress of the United States designated August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day”. This recognition was made at the behest of Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York, a leader in the women’s movement at the time. The August date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This historic vote was the result of a peaceful civil rights movement that had its genesis in Seneca Falls, New York.

Thanks to groundbreaking women advocates such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony, to name a few, American women have exercised their suffrage for 97 years. Joining their foremothers, today’s advocates continue to fight for equality for American women. It is their goal to ensure that women’s rights grow beyond the right to vote.

My resolution celebrates the accomplishments of these brave women who fought for the right to vote and renews our support for efforts promoting women’s equality. I ask you to join me in sponsoring this important resolution.

As steward of equality and justice, it is my hope that you will join me in this collective effort to recognize August 26, 2019 as “Women’s Equality Day” in the Commonwealth.

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Introduced as HR379