Clinton Marks August 26th As Women’s Equality Day

On August 19, President Clinton issued a proclamation that marked August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day” and highlighted the progress achieved under the 19th Amendment and Title IX. “In large measure, because of the 19th Amendment and Title IX, our Nation has reaped the rewards of women’s talents, accomplishments, wisdom, and perspective.” The proclamation also speaks to the value of ethnic and cultural diversity, stating “… we are all immeasurably enriched when we choose the path of inclusion and empowerment.”

The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920 and guarantees women the right to vote. Title IX, part of the Education Amendments enacted in 1972, prohibits discrimination against women in schools and in sports programs.


White House Press Release - August 19, 1997

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