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Women's Equality Day and Women's History

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Women's Equality Day -- Books

August 26th was designated as Women’s Equality Day by Public Law 93-382 passed in August 1974. The law was introduced by New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex with regard to voting. The 19th Amendment states:

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

There were demands for women’s rights before the resolution calling for woman suffrage was drafted during the 1848 Seneca Falls (Woman’s Rights) Convention and after the ratification of the 19th Amendment in1920. These demands continue today. This selected bibliography contains books, articles, and internet links intended for use in exploring women’s suffrage in American history.

Note: The bold number at the end of the citation is the Pentagon Library call number.

Frost, Elizabeth, and Kathryn Cullen-DuPont. Women’s Suffrage in America: an Eyewitness History. New York: Facts on File, 1992. JK1898 .F76 1992

Johnson, Helen Kendrick. Woman and the Republic: A Survey of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States and a Discussion of the Claims and Arguments of Its Foremost Advocates. A New and Enlarged Edition. New York: Guidon Club (Opposed to Woman Suffrage), 1913. Women’s History, 31 Jul 2007.