Women's Equality Day
#womenwillvote – August 26th, 2017

The Women's Movement

A visual history of Women's Equality

  • 1878

    Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton arranged for Congress to be presented with an amendment giving women the right to vote. Popularly known as the Anthony Amendment and introduced by Sen. Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA), it later became the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • 1908

    In London, 30,000 women (and 500,000 spectators) gather in Hyde Park to demand women’s rights. To show unity, they wear the same colors: white for purity, purple for dignity, green for hope.

  • 1913

    The day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, the Woman Suffrage Procession takes place in Washington, D.C, the first parade for the suffrage movement in our nation’s capital.

  • 1916

    Alice Paul and Lucy Burns establish the National Women’s Party, prioritized the passage of a constitutional amendment ensuring women's suffrage throughout the United States. They adopt the official colors of white, purple, and gold.

  • 1920

    42 years after initially being proposed to congress, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution passes, granting women the right to vote.

  • 1923

    Foreseeing potential backlash to the 19th Amendment, Alice Paul drafts the Equal Rights Amendment to rectify the disparity.

  • 1920-1965

    White supremacy and Jim Crow laws effectively nullify African American women’s right to vote. It takes the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to finally enfranchise these women.

  • 1969, 1972

    Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman elected to Congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. She wears white for both occasions and in her campaign posters.

  • 1972

    Congress designates August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the certification of the 19th Amendment.

  • 1972

    The rise of conservative activist Phyllis Schafly slows the growing support of the ERA. Despite the approval of 35 states, the movement fails to reach the 38 states required to enact the constitutional amendment. The ERA fails and the hopes of millions of women are dashed.

  • 1978

    Nearly 100,000 women march in support of the ERA during the Equal Rights Amendment March on Washington. Protestors are encouraged to wear white.

  • 1984

    Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first female candidate for Vice President on a major party ticket, selected by Walter Mondale. She wears white while delivering her history-making acceptance speech.

  • 2016

    Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination as first female presidential candidate from a major party at the Democratic National Convention. She wears a white pantsuit, a nod to both her signature style and the pioneers who came before her.

  • 2017

    People worldwide gather for The Women’s March, the largest single-day protest in US history, with estimated global participation of 5 million.

  • 2017

    Female Senators and House Representatives of the Democratic Party wear white as a show of unity while attending President Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress.

  • Today

    Like generation of women before you, you continue the fight for justice and equality for all.