Women’s Equality Day - August 26, 2020
On August 26, the United States celebrates Women’s Equality Day. But what exactly does that mean? Why do we celebrate it?
TEN Skyncare is proud to be a fierce female-owned business and stands on the side of equality. That’s why we think it’s important to share with you what this historic day means.
Women’s Equality Day celebrates the day women were given the right to vote. Believe it or not, the women’s suffrage movement began decades before the Civil War. However, it wasn’t until 1920 that the nineteenth amendment was officially ratified after nearly 100 years of protests, campaigns, and riots. We want to share the importance of this day and shed light on how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go.
In 1848 a group of abolitionists gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss women’s rights. Later known as the Seneca Falls Convention, this is where the following Declaration of Sentiments was produced:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Almost immediately after the Civil War ended in 1865, the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments were enacted giving all citizens (defined as males) and African American men the right to vote. Leaving women’s right to vote to question
Later in 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association on the grounds of “why women should have the vote”. After many challenges, the association shifted their argument from “women deserve the same rights and responsibilities as men” to “women deserve the vote because they are different from men.”
The cause was slightly hindered by World War I, however as women were called to serve their country as men were sent off to war. Women’s equality was reinforced by proving women were just as patriotic and deserving of citizenship as men.
Rightfully so, on August 18, 1920, the nineteenth amendment was ratified. Over eight million women across the U.S. were able to in elections for the first time.
Although it was a long time coming, it was a monumental step in the women’s equality movement. However, we still have a ways to go.
In today’s world, we still face many trials, defeats, and times of inequality. Double standards, society’s culture and expectations, and even inequality in the workplace is very present. That’s why it’s important to practice your right to vote and make a change. We have more power now than we did back in 1920, one small action, can make a difference. Raise your voice and let it be heard. The time is now!
At TEN Skyncare, we celebrate strong, independent women every day! We strive to give you confidence through clear, healthy skin. Our TEN products are created with you in mind. We want you to walk, laugh, run, and celebrate, all while feeling like a 10 #InYourSkyn!
Celebrate your strength today, and every day.