Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2020 ~ Here’s How to Celebrate!




Woman’s History Month – in the gift shop of the New York Historical Society

Each year on August 26th we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of women’s suffrage in the United States. But this year, 2020, we will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Here are a few suggestion on how to celebrate Monday, August 26th.

Image taken at the New York Historical Society, 4th floor

Monumental Women will unveil the commissioned sculpture featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Literary Row in Central Park, on August 26th. Watch the unveiling on a Livestream at 7:45am.

The redesigned Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Rendering of the statue in its future Central Park location, image courtesy Monumental Women

Join Dare to Run in a celebration of the day, and recognition of alumni of the Dare to Run program, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and empower women with the skills necessary to run for public office.

Women suffragists picketing in front of the White House. Library of Congress.

Take a Virtual Tour celebrating The Women of Greenwich Village with Lucie Levine. Register for the virtual tour, which will take place at 6:00pm.

Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington to present a petition to Congress Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted containing more than 500,000 signatures. C. 1915. Image via Library of Congress

Make a Toast to Tenacity on August 26th at 1:00pm eastern time by raising a glass of grape juice, as the suffragists did due to Prohibition. Participate live-stream by completing the Google form.

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day at a Conference in Saratoga Springs with the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative.

May 12, 1912 Parade Women’s Suffrage courtesy of Library of Congress

Check out the light celebration, when buildings and landmarks across the country will light up in purple and gold for the commission’s nationwide Forward Into Light campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.”

Image taken on the 4th floor of the New York Historical Society

Immerse yourself in the Centennial, test your suffrage knowledge, explore centennial resources throughout the Country at 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative.

Image taken at New York Historical Society

Explore the Suff Buffs! Check out the Herstory Series.

Did you know that Bella Abzug (D-NY) put forth the idea of Women’s Equality Day in 1971, and in 1973 Women’s Equality Day was designated. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In celebration of the day, let’s take a walk through Bella Abzug Park.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Take a walk through the Central Park Zoo and view the new exhibition, #IfThenSheCan, a pop-up exhibit celebrating women in STEM, on view through October 31, 2020.

Image via #IfThenSheCan.org

Check out Where Women Made History with National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Other monuments dedicated to women in our area?

Check out Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s 19th Amendment Centennial StoryMap!

We will continue to add to the list ~ more to come!


3 thoughts on “Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2020 ~ Here’s How to Celebrate!

  1. A group of women wearing masks would like to attend the unveiling of the statue of three women August 26. Gale Brewer advised us of the dedication/unveiling a few weeks back, when she addressed our group on Zoom. We need details on how to attend in person and/or virtually, but we have so far been unsuccessful in obtaining such details. Please help quickly! We are the Women’s Alliance, a separate non-profit associated with the Unitarian Church of All Souls. Thanks!

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