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Women's Equality Day

Aug 09, 2016

Being born in the girl power generation, it's hard to believe that women didn't have the right to vote when your great-grandma was your age. August 26th marks Women's Equality Day, which celebrates the huge achievements women have made.

History

Women's Equality Day celebrates the 19th Amendment to the American Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. This amendment was passed on August 26, 1920 after a group of women who called themselves the Suffragettes, led by Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, spent 72 years petitioning the government to recognize women's rights. Now that's dedication!

How to Celebrate

Women's Equality Day isn't really a balloons and cake kind of holiday. It's a day to reflect on how far women have come in the last century and how far they still have to go. If you're in Texas, why not check out the Women's Hall of Fame in Denton? Or, if you're in New York, check out the Women's Rights National Historic Park.

This stamp commemorates women getting the voteThis stamp commemorates women getting the vote
 

Did You Know?

  • The American Women's Suffrage movement began at a New York tea party in 1848.
  • Charlotte Woodward was the only original Suffragette to survive to see women get the vote in 1920.
  • Even though women got the vote in 1920, Women's Equality Day wasn't made an official holiday until 1971.
  • While America has still not had it's first female president, many other countries have had female leaders, including India, Britain, The Republic of Ireland and Canada.
Have Your Say

Do you have any cool facts about the history of women's equality? Let us know!

 

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  • No. Men still have more rights and power.
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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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