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This coming Sunday, August 26, at 4:00 p.m. the Women’s Museum of California will celebrate Women’s Equality Day by participating in the 13th Annual Suffrage Parade in Balboa Park. This parade commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For those of you who are not history or constitutional law buffs, the 19th Amendment prohibited citizens from being denied their right to vote based on their sex. That’s right folks, on August 26, 1920, women finally won the right to vote.
It took women advocates nearly 100 years to win the right to vote, and although we are nearing the 100th anniversary of that right, women throughout this country, including right here in San Diego, are still fighting for equality. Equality in politics. Equality in the workplace. Equality in education. Equality in health. Equality at home. Last year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017 indicated the United States had fallen four spots (49th out of 144 countries) in gender parity.
Although we may not agree on all political issues, one thing is certain: Women are independent individuals who deserve equal rights and responsibilities under our Constitution. Our unique experiences and perspectives deserve to be included in the equation and the discussion, and women deserve a seat at the table. The only way to reach gender equality is to continue putting ourselves out there. With our slow growth toward equality, and recent backslide, it is no wonder there are a record-setting number of women running for the U.S. House in 2018. We need to put our name in the hat, and we need to get out and vote. If we stand together, we can achieve incredible things.
Let’s make ourselves be seen and heard! All are welcome, and participants are encouraged to wear white, wear sashes and/or buttons, and to waive Suffrage, ERA, Equal Pay, #MeToo, and other movement signs to celebrate our journey toward equal rights.
Participants will meet in the lawn area across from the Organ Pavilion, and the Suffrage Parade will move through the Prado and Organ Pavilion areas. Anyone interested in marching with their fellow Lawyers Club members THIS SUNDAY (August 26th), please contact Vaani Chawla at email@example.com for more information.