Women’s Equality Day celebrated in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – We celebrate Women’s Equality Day on Monday, Aug. 26.
Back on this day in 1920, Congress certified the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in the United States. In honor of this day, members of “Democracy in Action” hung placards of information about our country’s First Ladies on the appropriate presidential statue in downtown Rapid City.
Each First Lady placard contains an image of the first lady and some facts about her life and some of the contributions and sacrifices she made during her time as a First Lady.
“We would like the community to reflect on the fact that, yes in government, women are very, very important. They have made many contributions, not just as First Lady, but women in Congress and women in many elected offices. But we need many more,” said Dorothy Brewick with Democracy in Action. She adds that, “equality is a value of Democracy but it’s something that we need to strive for all of the time. We need and what we say is that we need to use a ‘gender-lense’ every time a decision is made and that is looking at how it effects women and children.”
DIA is a nonpartisan grassroots movement of women working to increase progressiveness in South Dakota. Brewick says “we are striving to get women an equal place at every table where decisions are made.”
In 1971, Congress declared that August 26th be designated as Women’s Equality Day.