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did you know that August 26th is Women's Equality Day?  

  Celebrating Women's Right to Vote
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women's Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women's Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality.

1999 President's Proclamation
2001 President's Proclamation

National Anti-Suffrage Association

Men looking in the window of the National
Anti-Suffrage Association Headquarters 1911

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, reproduction number LC-USZ62-
25338 DLC (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a26270


We're not done, not equal. Among other things, the Equal Rights Amendment has still not passed.

Though, we do have the right to vote. Which is especially important these days, as politicians, rather than scientists and doctors, are making decisions that seriously impact women's health and wellbeing.

On August 23, 2006, the FDA announced its decision to grant approval for Barr Laboratories' application for over-the-counter status for Plan B®, commonly known as emergency contraception (EC). Plan B® will now be available without a prescription to women eighteen years of age and older but will remain a prescription-only product for women seventeen and younger.

The FDA’s own experts have found no medical reason to restrict EC to women 18 and over and have ignored volumes of scientific data that shows that EC is safe for women of all ages.

There were about 270,000 pregnancies among women and girls younger than 18 in 2002, the vast majority of them unintended. Delays caused by the need to obtain and fill prescriptions (particularly over weekends and holidays) can reduce Plan B’s effectiveness and may prevent many women younger than 18 from accessing it in time to avoid a pregnancy.

What about the woman whose only local pharmacy is staffed by people who are more likely to give her lectures on morality than contraception?

Or the 17-year-old who is afraid to talk to her parents and doesn't have her own physician to give her a prescription?

Or a sexual assault victim who can't imagine having to be revictimized by the sneering pharmacy clerk who asks for her picture ID?

For more about emergency contraception—

Suffrage Parade, NYC, 1912

Suffrage Parade, New York, City, May 6, 1912

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, reproduction number LC-USZ62-
10845 DLC (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a52079

On August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment – The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex – was passed.
do you feel that we have equal protection under the law?

what will you do to celebrate?

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