Mayor Anesh Declares Women Equality Day
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • 1:00am
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Mayor Matthew P. Anesh at the council meeting on August 12th proclaimed that August 26, 2013 would be Women’s Equality Day in the Borough of South Plainfield.
Each year since 1971 the President of the United States has issued a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day. Legislation for Woman’s Equality Day was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. Women’s Equality Day commemorates August 26, 1920 when women officially were given the right to vote. This day was a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.
Mayor Anesh’s proclamation is in recognition of the 93rd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment removed the last obstacle to voting and granting women the right to vote. The women’s movement has been a long journey since August 26, 1920. Women had to fight a long battle for equality and freedom and when this amendment received approval women’s equality was no longer a myth, but a working reality. Mayor Anesh calls” upon the people of the Borough of South Plainfield to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country.”