HOHENFELS, Germany — The Joint Multinational Readiness Center and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Hohenfels celebrated Women’s Equality Day Aug. 27 to honor the passing of the 19th Amendment and bring attention to the continuing efforts to achieve full equality.
“The first step of Women’s Equality was the 19th Amendment the right for women to vote. The courage, the sacrifice, the hardships and the setbacks that had to be overcome must have been enormous,” said Sergeant First Class Shannon S. Wyatt, garrison equal opportunity advisor for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. “If they could see 99 years later, what seemed impossible is now day-to-day living.”
August 26 is more important than you might think. On this date in 1920, the United States passed the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Suddenly, roughly half of the citizens in the U.S., who had previously been denied a voice in their government, could make their feelings and opinions heard.
Voting is one of America’s most cherished democratic liberties, and it has a long and storied history. It continues to be a hot topic of conversation.
Exercising our right to vote is a civil liberty we often take for granted. In many places, universal suffrage is a relatively recent privilege. This right for women actually began as early as 1893 when the first women won the right to vote in New Zealand and led the way for more than 25 places around the world.
Women’s Equality Day is more than just a day to celebrate rights — it is also a chance to remember the women behind the fight for equality.