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Celebrating Women's Equality Day: Honoring the Past, Empowering the Future

Many are familiar with International Women’s Day on March 8th or Women’s History Month in March, but not as many know about Women’s Equality Day, celebrated annually on August 26th.

Today we're pleased to share the history of this important day, why we celebrate it, and why it holds special meaning for a few of the women on Ripcord's leadership team.

The History of Women's Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day recognizes the fight for women's right to vote. Initiated by Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY) in 1971 and officially recognized by Congress in 1973, August 26 was designated as "Women’s Equality Day." This date commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This achievement was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women, formally beginning 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 marks the passage of the 19th Amendment but also highlights ongoing efforts toward full equality for women.

The Significance of Women's Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is a time to honor the achievements of the women’s suffrage movement and recognize the ongoing struggle for gender equality. It serves as a reminder of the progress made since the 19th Amendment and the work that still needs to be done. This day is significant because it underscores the importance of equal rights for women in all aspects of life, from voting and education to employment and leadership roles.

Observing Women’s Equality Day encourages reflection on the barriers women have overcome and the perseverance required to achieve equality. It also serves as an inspiration to continue advocating for policies and practices that promote gender equity. By commemorating this day, we not only celebrate past victories but also commit to advancing the cause of equality for future generations.

Reflections from Our Leadership Team

Here are some thoughts from our own powerful female leaders on why Women’s Equality Day is so important and personal to them.

"Thank you to all the amazing women who followed their dreams and blazed the trails for future generations. We are a better world when we set free the talents of all humans." Kristin Krajecki, Chief Revenue Officer

“When I was young I read about the story of Helen Keller and the challenges in her life. I was captivated by her story and how she overcame her challenges. During one of my childhood book reports, I clearly remember a comment: ‘she was delayed at picking up language, but that did not stop her from having a voice.’ One of my favorite quotes from her is: ‘I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.’ Everything we do makes a difference, and we have the power to do the best in everything we do.” – Joni Woo, Vice President, Customer Success 

“I have been lucky enough to work for three incredible women in my career – Eileen Murray, Priyanka Singh, and Joan Bader – each one a powerhouse in her perspective field (CEO, Chief of Staff, and head of Technology), shattering glass ceilings. I met these women early in my career and each always kept a seat at the table for me and encouraged me to find my voice. They mentored me, coached me, and developed me. They were never in it just for themselves. While they were the first in their fields to do a lot (i.e., first female CEO of Bridgewater) they were making sure they weren’t the last. Because of what they have done for me and how far they have brought me, I owe it to pay it forward and do the same for the women I can help.” – Brooke Bento, Chief People Officer 

Additional Resources for Women's Equality Day

Let’s celebrate Women’s Equality Day by acknowledging the past, appreciating the present, and striving for a more equitable future for all women.

What makes Women’s Equality Day Important to you? We’d love to hear how you’re honoring and celebrating all of the pioneering women who came before us!

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