Friday, August 25, 2006

Women's Equality Day

August 26. In 1920 the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote -- a major milestone in the women's movement. In 1971, Bella Abzug initiated a proclamation for August 26 to commemorate Women's Equality Day.

What does equality for women mean?

I think it means women have the same rights -- and responsibility -- to choose as men. We can choose to work outside the home or to be stay-at-home mothers. We can choose to work as secretaries, housecleaners, writers, entrepreneurs, marketers, drivers, scientists . . . and we can change careers, too. No one can say "You can't do that because you're a woman -- or a man."

You can be what you choose to be, Jane. John, make your choices, too. And, both of you be sure to vote. It's your responsibility. It's your right.

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