This past Sunday the United States celebrated the 92nd anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The office of President, Barrack Obama released a proclamation declaring August 26, 2012 Women’s Equality Day. We’ve come a long way since 1920 with a long way to go, but the ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark day in the history of gender equality.
The product of profound struggle and fierce hope, the 19th Amendment reaffirmed what we have always known: that America is a place where anything is possible and where each of us is entitled to the full pursuit of our own happiness. We also know that the defiant, can-do spirit that moved millions to seek suffrage is what runs through the veins of American history. It remains the wellspring of all our progress. And nearly a century after the battle for women’s franchise was won, a new generation of young women stands ready to carry that spirit forward and bring us closer to a world where there are no limits on how big our children can dream or how high they can reach.
Read the full text of President Obama’s proclamation here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/24/presidential-proclamation-women-s-equality-day-2012