GFDW Celebrates Women's Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the day the 19th Amendment, which officially granted women the right to vote, was certified to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. The holiday began in 1971, when Congress officially declared August 26 a celebration of women’s suffrage.

According to the National Women’s History Project, the holiday declaration said the 19th Amendment “culminated a 72-year, non-violent campaign to extend the right to vote to women, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.”

The 19th Amendment was a considerable victory for women’s suffrage. The movement started picking up speed in the late 19th century, particularly after the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention organized by abolitionists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In 1872, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth both tried to vote, but were both turned away. The suffragettes kept fighting for the votes for decades, and even marched on both New York and Washington, D.C. in 1912 and 1913. Finally, after 113 years of being denied the right to vote, the 19th Amendment constitutionally protected a woman’s right to vote.

Though the amendment granted suffrage to all women on paper, women of color were still disenfranchised and barred from voting. In 1922, the Supreme Court ruled that people of Japanese descent couldn’t become citizens, thus they could not vote. State laws across the country barred Native Americans from voting, and unjust barriers like literacy tests made it nearly impossible for thousands of African Americans to vote. So while the 19th Amendment was a step in the right direction, true and universal suffrage wasn’t guaranteed for everyone until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act passed Congress.

Women’s Equality Day is an excellent way to celebrate all the progress we’ve made as a country, but it’s also a way to remember how far we still have to go. While we’ve made massive strides at the ballot box, restrictive practices like gerrymandering and voter identification laws make it hard for people of color and poor citizens to vote. Outside the voting booth, the gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave, and the struggle for reproductive rights continue to affect women’s daily lives. So on August 26, take a moment to appreciate all the work it took to make Women’s Equality Day a reality. You can always call your congress people to tell them that women’s equality should be a priority, but also remember that the fight for equal rights is far from over

Letter from the President

As the year is coming to a close I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for this year’s collaboration.
 
We have a lot to celebrate this holiday! 
 
Women making change began in January, 2017 with the Women’s March at the Nation’s Capital which extended around the world and we embraced it locally in our towns. We came out and banded to protest with men on the Presidents Muslim ban; protested the repeal of Obamacare, and we continue the fight against the recent hypocritical tax bill.
 
Let’s work together to get good qualified Democrats elected to change the tax bill and other legislation around the state and in Washington. 

We have made the differences in major elections locally and nationwide empowering Democrats and taking back leadership that changed the nations tapestry. Without the vote of women it would not have been possible.
 
I ask that we continue to work together and protect Mother Nature and that we protect her landscape and her beings. Together let’s work on climate change, clean air, and clean water across the state.
 
There’s hope, optimism, and a bright future for us. But there is no rest, let’s continue the fight. 
 
I wish you good health, peace, joy and much success in the New Year. Have a safe and Happy Holiday season.

Kathy Adams, Chair

National Convention

President, Georgia Federation of Democratic Women

Getting Involved

Join our Committees where we research legislative priorities, and create one sheet documents and messaging points on issues relevant to women, children and families. We create campaigns to advocate for or against good and not so good legislation and educate Georgia’s voters at local levels about candidates and issues on the ballot and their impact.  If you are interested in joining a committee to lend your expertise or to lend a hand because you are passionate about an issue, contact the following person for committee meeting information. The work we do now will help turn Georgia blue!

Education Committee – Bette Holland – betholland@windstream.net

Healthcare Committee – Alaina Reeves – alaina.reaves@gmail.com

Transportation Committee – Andrea Stephens – andreavolt@earthlink.net

Climate Change – Bette Holland – betholland@windstream.net

Save the dates:

  • Wild Hog Dinner – January 7, 2018 Buy your tickets here: https://georgiafoodbankassociation.org/wild-hog-supper/ 
  • Women in Blue Day at the Capitol – February 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am- till mid afternoon
    Host by Senator Emanuel Jones
    Free to attend, more details coming
  • Women’s History Month – March, 2018
  • Spring Luncheon –  will be April 14, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Tam’s in Cumming, Georgia.  This will be a lovely plated lunch—the food there is wonderful.  We will also give out yearly awards and have an inspiring speaker.  You will receive more information about this event soon.  Please add it to your calendar and President’s begin planning awards you would like to give!!  The cost will be $40 a person.

How to Start a Chapter

Contact our 3rd VP Amealia Miller msamealia@hotmail.com or any of the officers for information and guidance on starting new chapters. They will be glad to assist.

 

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