Happy Women’s Equality Day!

935afa8391481cd9b8bbbae5c0e2a8ddIn 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.  When it comes to the equality of women, we still have a long road to travel; however, today, let us celebrate all that is wonderful about the contributions women have made in our communities and our world.  Here are 10 of our favorite quotes about the equality of women:

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” ~Susan B. Anthony

“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.”” ~Clare Boothe Luce

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” –Brigham Young

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” –Gloria Steinem

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”–Mahatma Gandhi

“Women belong in the house… and the Senate.” ~Author Unknown

“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.” ~Faith Whittlesey

“You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.” ~Jane Galvin Lewis

“Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human.” ~Robin Morgan

“Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.” ~Margaret Mead