Diversity and Inclusion
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” Congress selected this date to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.
How can you learn more and embrace woman’s equality day? Here are two books we recommend:
Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist by Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Matilda Joslyn Gage was a radical suffragist who pushed for equality—she did not limit her view of equality by gender, race, religion, or any other factor. And she pushed for rights far beyond votes for women. Angelica Shirley Carpenter’s book examines Gage’s radical views and her undeserved obscurity compared to her counterparts. Read Born Criminal to discover a name that should have never been forgotten.
Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware
Big names associated with women’s suffrage like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton do, of course, get their recognition in Susan Ware’s collection of brief biographies, but most of the names are not as well-known. Ware writes a historical account of the fight for women’s rights that is expansive and colorful, transcending the white-washed version of the struggle many of us are familiar with. Read her book for more insight into the stories of many miraculous women and why each of them marched for women’s rights.
Here is the link to the Executive Order. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/06/25/executive-order-on-diversity-equity-inclusion-and-accessibility-in-the-federal-workforce/
We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity.