August is a special month for American History
Next Wednesday August 26th, we celebrate 95 years of human rights and gender equality. We remember and commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country.
Sometimes we forget and take for granted our social rights and guarantees, but back in the day women had to embolden and rise against discrimination. Empowering themselves in a fight that still goes on today.
Therefore, during this month Big Dog Wraps salutes and pays tribute to all women who fought and keep fighting for their rights and equality.
A Brief American History
August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as a law.
The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. It was re-submitted numerous times until finally in June 1919 the amendment received approval from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Nonetheless, for decades thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all over the nation, lobbied political organizations, and held demonstrations with the goal of achieving voting rights for women.
It is said that the first time in history that a group of people picketed the White House, they were women with questions like, “Mr. President, what are you going to do about woman’s suffrage?” “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”
Women rights movements continued fighting for gender equality with valuable achievements. On August 26th, 1970, Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women (NOW) organized a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality, becoming the largest protest for gender equality in U.S. history.
Women across the political spectrum joined together to demand equal opportunities in employment, education, and twenty-four hour child-care centers.
There were demonstrations and rallies in more than ninety major cities and small towns across the country and over 100,000 women participated, including 50,000 who marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Since 1972, every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day, as a result of a bill introduced in Congress, in 1971 by Bella Abzug.
Part of the bill reads that Women’s Equality Day is a symbol of women’s continued fight for equal rights and that the United States commends and supports them. It decreed that the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of woman suffrage and the 1970 Strike for Equality.
Join the Fight!
Big Dog Wraps and Graphics celebrates, supports and encourages all women in the world to keep fighting for their rights and gender equality and we know no better way to do it than printing your ideals and soul’s image on your vehicle or business.
Convey all the fire and free spirit behind your eyes and show the world what women are capable of. Fight for your ideals with bravery and courage as you proudly show the world what women stand for.
August 26th, happy Women’s Equality Day!