Opinion

What Women’s Equality Day Doesn’t Commemorate

Fear has driven many of the world’s injustices. It is clear fear has driven sexism. For thousands of years, there has been gender inequality. It took hundreds of years for women to win the right to vote on August 26, 1920, which became the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on Account of sex.”
Women were denied the right to vote or to actively participate in politics. They were arrested or tortured if they attempted it. In honor of those women who risked their lives fighting for suffrage, we commemorate their acts every year on August 26. However, Women’s Equality Day leaves out many women who still fought for suffrage after August 26, such as women of color who didn’t get suffrage until the 1960’s.
Because women won suffrage, many consider August 26, 1920, to be the end of gender inequality. However, even after the suffragettes successfully won suffrage, most Southern White women did not want African-American women getting the vote because they feared they’d gain political power.
Women in the contemporary world, while able to vote, still face inequality. Gender inequality dates back to Neolithic times thousands of years ago. It is time for women to be treated equally. One gender should not be denied anything the other is not.
The truth is, women are not treated equally to men. Until sexism in the world dissipates, we should have Women’s Equality Day. From 1920 until now, Women’s Equality Day celebrates only the accomplishment of white women, not all women, and the battles of women of color should not be forgotten.
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