91 years ago, after decades of hard work and activism, women were granted the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
As several presidents have done before him, President Obama issued a proclamation dubbing today “Women’s Equality Day.”
The President wrote:
“I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country.”
Since the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, and the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s, women have made great strides, but there is still work to be done. Today women earn 81 cents on the dollar compared to men, and although we make up over half of the population, we are underrepresented in positions of power.
Despite the work yet to be done, President Obama took the time to honor the work and preserverence of the women who came before us.
“The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution tore down the last formal barrier to women’s enfranchisement in our Nation and empowered America’s women to have their voices heard in the halls of power.”
“On the 91st anniversary of this landmark in civil rights, we continue to uphold the foundational American principles that we are all equal, and that each of us deserves a chance to pursue our dreams.”