Women’s Equality Day Rally

Womens-Equality-DayFriday, Aug. 26, 11am-1pm

Women’s Equality Day Rally

By Sylvia Ramos, ABQ NOW

On June 4, 1919, 71 years after the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, Congress approved the woman's suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The national campaign for ratification by the states was led by suffragists Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, who used different tactics but got all the states needed by August 18, 1920. Women’s right to vote in the U.S. became the law of the land when it was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1971, New York Representative Bella Abzug was successful in having a bill passed in Congress to have August 26 recognized annually as Women’s Equality Day.

Over the past few years the Humanist Society of NM and the Albuquerque Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) have held public celebrations of Women’s Equality Day to remind all citizens that the right to vote comes with the responsibility to vote and that our work for women’s inclusion as equal partners with men in our country will not be done until the Equal Rights Amendment, written by Alice Paul in 1923, is ratified by 38 states and added to the Constitution.

The Southwest Women’s Law Center, collaborating with ABQ-NOW, League of Women Voters and other women-focused local and statewide organizations, will hold a rally at Civic Center Plaza in Albuquerque on Friday, August 26 from 11am-1pm. There will be real-time linkages with women around the state focused on getting women registered to vote.

This will be a non-partisan event aimed at building a community of strong women who will get engaged and get to the polls in 2016 to vote. For more information and to participate in this event, please contact Pamelya Herndon, Executive Director SWLC, at 505-244-0502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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