August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates women getting the right to vote. This right was granted by the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. It is shocking to realize that American women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920. Read more about Women’s Equality Day in Women’s Equality Day History – Right to Vote Not Enough.
This year again, women have planned Women’s Equality Day events around the state. Here are some.
1. Fayetteville NOW – Women Need the ERA! Aug. 26, 2018, 3pm-5pm
The Women’s Equality Day program celebration features NC House Representative Deb Butler, NC House District 18 (Brunswick and New Hanover Counties). Representative Butler is one of the co-sponsors of House Bill 1072 (Equal Rights Amendment), introduced during the 2017-2018 session of the General Assembly (June 1, 2018). Representative Butler is a dynamic advocate for the ERA. We are pleased that she can be with us to talk about her efforts and those of her colleagues to ensure the passing of the ERA. What an historic opportunity it would be for our state to be the final state to ratify the ERA.
Read more about this event at Women’s Equality Day with Fayetteville NOW on 8/26/18.
2. Triad NOW – Continuing March To The Polls Aug. 26, 2018, 3:30pm-5pm
Celebrating the Voices and Victories of the past as we continue to unite women and “March on the Polls” this election season! Recognizing the urgency and importance of this year’s elections, we gather to celebrate women’s hard-won right to vote and take action to make sure we use that right in November to support women’s rights! Keynote speaker is Rebecca Todd Peters, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Poverty and Social Justice Program at Elon University and an author.
Read more about this event at Triad Women’s Equality Day Event – 8/26/18.
3. Durham – We are Worthy! Women’s Equality Day March. Aug. 23, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Women, men and families gather at 4:30 pm at the Durham County Register of Deeds Office on 200 E Main St. At 5pm, people march to Durham Central Park. The ongoing struggle for social, political and economic equality will be recognized with great speakers before the march and at the march destination. This was a family friendly event, and besides the speakers, there are performance artists, food trucks, a DJ and two other bands. As a really special touch, we have a singer do a tribute to Aretha Franklin!
Speakers before the march:
Ashley Canady, Mayor’s Council For Women
Nida Aziz Allam, Mayor’s Council For Women
Desmera Gatewood, Community Activist
Speakers at the rally:
Keynote Speaker: Satana Deberry, Durham County District Attorney
Erin Dale, Executive Director of Blueprint NC
Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott, Training Director at Democracy NC
Dr. Michelle Laws, Minister, Advocate for Women and Girls
Candis Cox, Board Member of EqualityNC
Irene Godinez, Lead NC
Beth Messersmith, Campaign Director for MomsRising NC
Allie Capo (singer)
This is the fourth Women’s Equality Day March and Rally by these organizers in Durham.
Keep up with the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1968141480069196/