Today marks the 46th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, an event commemorating the ratification of the 19th amendment, prohibiting the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. A resolution to designate this day in honor of the adoption of that amendment, was introduced by New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug and was eventually passed as H.J. Res. 52 on August 16, 1973.
In that spirit, here’s a brief clip recording a spontaneous expression of gratitude to one of the early pioneers of the Woman Suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony. Last Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016) by 10:30 a.m., easily 1,000 people, a large majority of them women and girls, made the pilgrimage to her grave at this 196-acre Victorian cemetery. Hundreds more stood patiently in line, enduring an hour’s wait for the chance to approach Anthony’s stone.
Progress has been made, but there is more to be done. To celebrate the victories and plan for the future, check out San Diego’s 12th annual Suffrage Parade today in Balboa Park. Festivities start at 4:00 PM on the lawn area near the Hall of Nations across from the Organ Pavilion. Facebook event page: here.
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