Women's Equality Day

Fight for Equality on Women's Equality Day

Portrait of Three Young Women in the Nude
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How Women's Equality Day Originated
The women's suffrage movement traveled a long journey since August 26, 1920. On that fateful day, the women's suffrage amendment received approval from the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Women's equality was no longer a myth, but a working reality. This amendment strengthened the women's rights movement, and recognized rights of women as equal citizens of America.
In 1971, Bella Abzug lobbied to declare August 26th as Women's Equality Day. Every year on August 26, the President issues a proclamation commemorating the efforts of the suffragists.

Women had to fight a long battle for equality and freedom. They endured hardships when they had to tear down rigid ideas of a male-dominated society. Spirited activists like Bella Abzug, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Carrie Chapman Catt, among many others, paved the path to freedom. Today, America can boast about its empowered women, which is the culmination of the work done by the suffragists.

Elizabeth I, Speech at Tilbury
I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.

Elaine Gill
If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names.

Bella Abzug
Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.

Abigail Adams
The only chance for much intellectual improvement in the female sex, was to be found in the families of the educated class and in occasional intercourse with the learned.

Clare Boothe Luce
Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesn't have what it takes. They will say, "Women don't have what it takes."

Women Add Meaning to Your Life
Women's quotations often dwell on the significance of mothers. But don't forget your wife, grandmother, sister, and female colleagues. Imagine life without them. Sure, there may be fewer shopping trips. But are you willing to cut back on their giggles and ever-available advice? Remember that old adage, "Women! Can't live with them. Can't live without them." American humorist James Thurber has a similar line that sheds light on men's love-hate relationship with the women in their life. He says, "I hate women because they always know where things are."

Shirley Chisholm
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'

Virginia Woolf
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Christabel Pankhurst, Suffragette
Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.

Margaret Mead
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.

Doing the Balancing Act
Conservative thinkers insist that the woman's place is at home, and nowhere else. They argue that a homemaker maintains a stable family, nurtures her children, and looks after the wellbeing of her husband. She is the most important cog in the family wheel.

However, you will find many examples of exemplary women who make good mothers and wives, while juggling their professional roles with ease. Contemporary dads do help around the house, but few men forsake their ambitions for the sake of kids and family. American feminist Gloria Steinem said, "I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career."

Importance of Women's Day
Important days such as International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, and Women's Equality Day, held on August 26, bring a range of women's issues to the fore. We learn about the various advancements made in the area of women's social and economic development in different parts of the world. Articles in newspapers and magazines highlight the problems faced by women in society. Though Women's Day has become a tad commercial, it reminds us that women's emancipation is the result of a hard-fought battle. Some may argue that the tenets of feminism are now becoming outdated. But the words of English author Rebecca West ring true. She said, "...people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute." Women's lib is far from dead. The battle continues, only, with less noise and bluster.

Kishida Toshiko
If it is true that men are better than women because they are stronger, why aren't our sumo wrestlers in the government?

Qui Jin
Today the two hundred million men in our country are entering into a civilized new world...but we, the two hundred million women, are still kept down in the dungeon.

Virginia Woolf
Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?

Margaret Thatcher
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

Melinda Gates
A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. It's complicated by the fact that in most nations women receive substantially less education than men.

My Favorite Women's Quotations
One of my favorite quotations about women is by activist Susan. B. Anthony who said, "Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother." Women have walked a long way from the hearth. Women are running governments, heading big corporations, enabling social change, and so much more. Politician Dianne Feinstein put it brilliantly in this quote, "Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit."

Not the Weaker Sex
Ogden Nash had an amusing explanation for why women are termed the "weaker sex." The poet said, "I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm." This funny quote is one of many that highlight the bundle of contradictions that make up the modern women. The quote also suggests that women are not necessarily passive spectators in the game of life.

Helen Rowland
The woman who appeals to a man's vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him

Elayne Boosler
When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.

Nora Ephron
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Sarah Moore Grimke
I ask no favors for my sex.... All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks.

Gloria Steinem
Most women are one man away from welfare.

Woman Power
Influential author Maya Angelou said, "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels." This quote about girl power reminds women to reach for the stars. The story of women's lib was spurred by self-belief. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." The Color Purple author Alice Walker warned, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." These quotes by influential women encourage women to believe in their own abilities. Share these words of wisdom with your favorite ladies when Women's Day comes around.

Charlotte Bronte
But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well!

Elizabeth Blackwell
For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.

Diane Mariechild
A woman is the full circle.

Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.

Margaret Sanger
Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.

Marsha Petrie Sue
Today’s decisions are tomorrow’s realities. Remember you have three choices: Take it, leave it or change it.

Mary Kay Ash
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.