“Forward, out of darkness, leave behind the night. Forward out of error, forward into light.” – Inez Milholland
The Women’s Museum of California will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day, in Balboa Park on August 26th. The public is invited to join in the celebration with the Museum’s annual Suffrage Parade and Rally.
Every year Women’s Equality Day is celebrated to honor the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In the 1970s Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution to designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the day in 1920 when Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation granting American women the constitutional right to vote. In 1973 President Nixon became the first US president to proclaim August 26th “Women’s Equality Day”. His proclamation began “The struggle for women’s suffrage, however, was only the first step toward full and equal participation of women in our Nation’s life. In recent years, we have made other giant strides by attacking sex discrimination through our laws and by paving new avenues to equal economic opportunity for women. Today, in virtually every sector of our society, women are making important contributions to the quality of American life. And yet, much still remains to be done”
Every US president since Nixon has issued a proclamation designating August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.
The Women’s Museum’s celebration starts at 4:00 pm in the lawn area across from the Organ Pavilion. The celebration will start with the Suffrage Rally and reenactments of famous women’s rights activists. Ending with the Suffrage Parade through the Prado and Organ Pavilion areas.
Attendees of the event are encouraged to dress up in white, wear sashes and buttons as well as wave Suffrage, ERA, Equal Pay, Me Too, and feminist movement signs to celebrate the journey of women’s rights from 1848 to today.
Don’t forget to share your parade photos on social media with #WomensHistoryBecause