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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates Centennial Women’s Equality Day

Aug 26, 2020

Today, August 26, 2020, is Women’s Equality Day, marking 100 years since the adoption of the 19th Amendment that granted women the constitutional right to vote. While we celebrate this historic moment in American history, it is important to note that the fight for women’s suffrage did not end with the 19th Amendment because Black women were not afforded the same right and protections until adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965—nearly 45 years later. In recognition of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we recognize the strides made by women from all walks of life in the fight for the right to vote, and we celebrate the ‘sheroes’ who made it happen. Women like Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Ella Baker, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many more dedicated their life to guaranteeing that ALL women were afforded the same opportunities as men—beginning with the right to freely cast their vote without fear of reprisal.

Yet, even as far as we have come as nation, there are still many more glass ceilings that need to be broken. In that spirit, I urge my constituents, fellow Ohioans and all Americans to join me in the ongoing fight to guarantee women’s equality by demanding equal pay for equal work, access to affordable, high-quality healthcare and childcare, and ensuring that every child—no matter their zip code—can obtain an education that prepares them to succeed in and outside the classroom. Today and every day, let us ALWAYS remember that when women succeed, America succeeds!”

On Women’s Equality Day, be sure to add your voice to the conversation online by using #WomensEqualityDay, #CelebrateHER, and #WhenWomenSucceed.