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What Is Women's Equality Day?

Here's what it represents and why it matters

Women's Equality Day is celebrated on Aug. 26 each year in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This day marks an important milestone in the ongoing struggle for gender equality and women's rights in the country.

The little-known history of Women's Equality Day is that the efforts took 42 years to pass and it largely benefited only white women.

The 19th Amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, was first introduced in Congress in 1878. It sought to enfranchise women by granting them the right to vote. However, the amendment faced significant opposition and took several decades to pass.

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