"Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to learn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability" Sandra Day O'Connor
Women got the vote in the United Kingdom in 1917. Although the efforts of women suffrage were going on at the same time in the United States, women like Emily Pankhurst paved the way and inspired the world.
Three years later, on August 26, 1920 the women of the United States received the vote. The women of today celebrates or commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in America, with Women's Equality Day.
Women's Equality Day was instituted by Representative Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Women's Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920. (Women's Equality Day -About.com)
What does equality mean? What specifically does women's equality mean? Why celebrate women's equality? Why commemorate the fact that women were given the right to vote?
|An 1869 Currier and Ives print suggests the possible consequences of allowing women to vote Photo: rock.genius.com|
Equality means the ability to see people for who they are not what they look like. Who they are and what they look like does not matter at all. Equality means, colorblindness, seeing a person for who they are based on their intrinsic values and qualities.
Women's equality means education. It means the education and focus to help create a process that supports the treatment of both genders as individuals and human beings.
To celebrate equality means to respect the opportunities provided to a Sophisticate in the 21st Century. A Sophisticate in the 21st Century is aware that she has the opportunity to do well. She celebrates her current or present status of freedom. She celebrates because she has an appreciation for the freedom she has now.
For me to celebrate brings images of the expression of happiness.
To commemorate means to solemnly respect, remember, and honor. A Sophisticate commemorates the fact that women were given the right to vote because women of the past suffered to give us the rights we have today.
"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation." Abigail Adams
One of the major issues when it came to the fight for independence was "taxation without representation. The founding fathers and white men in the new country fought for their ability to have a say in their government especially in the right to be taxed. Women did not gain that freedom in 1776. Women gained the freedom to vote to have equal representation 144 years later on August 26th 1920.
In the end, a Sophisticate commemorates Women's Equality Day because she honors the sacrifice and "suffrage" (A Sophisticate is a 21st Century Suffragette) of the women who paved the way to give her the opportunities she has today. ;D