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Commemorating Women's Equality Day and Sen. Kennedy

Though we're going to be posting about Katrina for the rest of the week, I couldn't let today go by without acknowledging that it is Women's Equality Day!

Women's Equality Day was established in 1971 by none other than Bella Abzug!  The day commemorates the anniversary of August 26, 1920 - the day the 19th Amendment was passed and women won the right to vote!

Check out Today in Feminist History at Feministing, and Leader's Moment of Decision Led to Women's Equality Day from Gloria Feldt for more about Women's Equality Day.

Also be sure to check out posts from previous Women's Equality Days (2006 and 2008) from Jewesses With Attitude.

Our celebrations are tempered, however, by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy last night.  Sen. Kennedy is remembered for his 47 years of service, during which he accomplished a great many things.  Feministe remembers his dedication to women's safety by working to pass the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.  It is perhaps fitting that Sen. Kennedy passed away on none other than Women's Equality Day.  He will be missed.

How to cite this page

Berkenwald, Leah. "Commemorating Women's Equality Day and Sen. Kennedy." 26 August 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on July 31, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/WEDKennedy>.

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