Women's Equality Day

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Today is Women's Equality Day which commemorates the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution one hundred years ago. The Nineteenth Amendment prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Yet, the truth is that inequities persisted for Black women until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Further, the status of the Equal Rights Amendment, which received final ratification earlier in the year though decades after the deadline, will be determined by Congress or in the courts. While obstacles to women’s rights remain we celebrate the gains made to date. On this day we should pause to recognize the women we know now and those we have admired from the past who have contributed to the quest for women’s equality. CVCA has its own feminist icon in Elsa Ueland, President of Carson School from 1917 to 1960, who established what was regarded as one of the most progressive education programs at the time. Due to Elsa’s vision and the inspired leadership of others who followed in her steps, CVCA continues to carry out our mission for children, youth and families in the twentieth century. Our loyal staff makes a difference in the lives of individuals served, assisting them to achieve their goals for success. So think about the women who have helped you – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, teachers, mentors and supporters – and honor them in your words and actions. Ensure that their contributions are acknowledged and valued. And of course as citizens – female and male – always exercise your right to vote.

Diane Kiddy