Women's Equality Day

is celebrated on August 26

August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women's Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

Stories - Founding Mothers, pioneers and inspiring mentors

Bella Abzug

By: Kruti from New Jersey

Bella Abzug was a New York Congresswoman who fought for women's rights.

Susan B. Anthony

By: Julie Odano

Susan B. Anthony led the early Women's Suffrage Movement.

Edmonia Lewis

By: Jerrilyn & Madeline Jacobs

Edmonia Lewis defied restrictions on black women and achieved respect in the art community.

Katherine Sheppard

By: Kelly from San Diego

Katherine Sheppard is New Zealand's most famous suffragette.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

By: Kerri from Fredericksburg

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a pioneer in the movement for women's rights.

Abigail Disney

By: Jane Wallace

Abigail Disney is a philanthropist and documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues.

Jane Addams

By: April from San Diego

Jane Addams was a leading reformist and peace advocate.

Emily Murphy

By: Maeve from Peterborough

Emily Murphy was a key figure in the women's rights movement in Canada.

Lucy Stone

By: Jacqueline from Ventura

Lucy Stone was a pioneer for womens rights.

Nellie McClung

By: Sheri from Yorkton

Nellie organized the Winnipeg Political Equality League, with the aim of advancing the cause of women's suffrage.

Durga Devi Ghimire

By: Annie Merkley

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Robin Lim

By: Wendy Jewell

Robin Lim devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.

Victoria Woodhull

By: Barbara Goldsmith<br><br><h5> Permission to reprint this article <br>was granted by <a href="http://www.barbaragoldsmith.com/"target="blank">Barbara Goldsmith</a>.</h5>

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the U.S.

Josephine Ruffin

By: Brittney from New Haven

Josephine Ruffin served as the editor and publisher of the first newspaper published by and for African-American women.

Mary Lyon

By: Lu Stone

Mary Lyon established the U.S.'s first college for women.

Frances Ellen Watkins

By: Geeta Malik

Frances Ellen Watkins was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.

Molly Melching, Tostan Founder

By: Jane Wallace

Molly Melching, Tostan Founder empowers African communities to bring about positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.

Susie King Taylor

By: Heather from Gilbert, Arizona

Susie King Taylor was a pioneer in the struggle for African American women's rights.

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane<br>(Nellie Bly)

By: Penelope

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (Nellie Bly) was a journalist who went around the world in 72 days.

Raden Ajeng Kartini

By: Ines from Jakarta

Raden Adjeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.

Aletta Jacobs

By: Claudia Hudson

Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch doctor, a feminist, a pacifist, and a human rights activist.

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel

By: Melanie from Fredericksburg

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel revolutionized women's fashion and empowered women.

Christine Silverberg

By: Avin from Calgary

Christine Silverberg was the first female Chief of Police in Canada.

Artemisia Gentileschi

By: Susannah Abbey

Artemisia Gentileschi was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

By: Becky from Spokane

Ada Lovelace

By: Sharla D. Walker

Ada Lovelace was a ninteenth century woman who influenced the computer programming of today.

Alexandrine Tinne


Alexandrine Tinne was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.

Chief Wilma Mankiller

By: Susannah Abbey

Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Dr. Zeda Rosenberg

By: David Kemker

Dr. Zeda Rosenberg is working to protect women from HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Carolyn Mazure

By: Lauren Zeranski

Dr. Carolyn Mazure founded the Yale Women's Health Program and is a forceful figure in the women's health movement.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni

By: Wendy Jewell

Hazviperi Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Josefina Lopez

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson

Josefina Lopez is a Latina screenwriter who believes in the power of women.


By: Wendy Jewell

RAWA promotes women's rights through non-violent action.

Thais Corral

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson

Thais Corral gives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.

Womens Peace Movement of Liberia

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine

Womens Peace Movement of Liberia stopped the violence in through peaceful means.

A Powerful Noise

A Powerful Noise follows these women, showing both the challenges they have faced in their societies due to gender constraints, and the victories they have achieved over poverty and oppression.

Viola Vaughn

By: Brande from Spokane

Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Fadela Amara

By: Lucille from France

Fadela Amara is recognized throughout France as a champion of women's rights.

Waris Dirie

By: Jackie from Sydney

Waris Dirie works to protect the rights of women.

Clotilde Dedecker

Clotilde Dedecker provides educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan.

Constance Motley

By: Stephanie from New Haven

Constance Baker Motley broke through the discrimination against blacks, and was the first African-American judge.

Derartu Tulu

By: Tahir from Portland, Oregon

Derartu Tulu was the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Deborah Sampson

By: Emma from Fredericksburg

Deborah Sampson was the first American woman who fought as a man for freedom.

Dr. Barbara Ross Lee

By: Sabin from Raleigh

Dr. Barbara Ross Lee became the first African American woman dean of a US medical school.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

By: Rebecca Miller

"During the years of our civil war, they [women] bore the brunt of inhumanity and terror... Yet, it is the women who laboured and advocated for peace throughout our region."
~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Ochoa

By: Daniel Chavez

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.

Farkhonda Hassan

Farkhonda Hassan is an Egyptian politician, scientist, professor, and women's rights activist.

Janet Guthrie

By: Rachel from Fredericksburg

Janet Guthrie was the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500.

Julie Krone

By: Jenna from Montvale

Madame Curie

By: Robert B. Hole, Jr.

Madame Curie received the Nobel Prize for her discovery of Radium.

Madam C.J. Walker

By: Alexandra from St. Paul

Madam C.J. Walker used her business success to fight discrimination and open doors for others.

Julia Morgan

By: Riley McMahon

Julia Morgan was a respected architect known for her work on Hearst Castle.

Mary Edwards Walker

By: Jennifer Beck

Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor.

Mae Jemison

By: Christian Walsh

Mae Jemison dreamed of going to space since childhood.

Sally Kristen Ride

By: Elenamarie from San Diego

Sally Ride, first US woman in space.

Women entrepreneurs in Ghana help<br> ignite an economy boom

By: Yadira Gutierrez<br>Global Envision <br> <h5>Permission to use this material<br> was granted by <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference"target="blank"><br>The Christian Science Monitor</a>. </h5>

Ghana has invested in literacy and microfinance programs for women, and it's paying off in business development and growth.

Zaha Hadid

By: Rebecca Miller

Zaha Hadid is the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Wilma Rudolph

By: Nancy Nickerson

Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals.

Women Heroes Of the Early West

By: Sherie Schmauder

Women Heroes Of the Early West were strong, valiant women who broke social constraints.


Susan B Anthony

By: Robert Shetterly

Alice Paul

By: Robert Shetterly

Inez Milholland Boissevain

By: unknown

Freedom to Lead

By: Shepard Fairey

Elizabeth Stanton, Carrie C. Catt, Lucretia Mott Stamp

By: United States Post Office

Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan (1956 - 1987)

By: Meera Censor

Irene Fernandez

By: Tom Block

Annie Oakley

Christine de Pisan

By: unknown

Jane Addams

By: Robert Shetterly

Victoria Woodhull

By: Nicole

Mary Seacole

By: Albert Charles Challen, 1869

Dolores Olmedo Patino

By: Diego Rivera

Lateefah Simon

By: Robert Shetterly

Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)

By: Robert Shetterly

Votes For Women - Jeannette Rankin

By: unknown photographer


Iqra - Read (A Prayer for the Girls of Afghanistan and Pakistan)

Producer: Fauzia Minallah

This film promotes the education of the girl child in Afghanistan and Pakistan through Mural Art.

Ten Thousand Girls

Producer: Adams Sie

Mrs. Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, which aims to help girls in education and vocational training.


Producer: Jacob & Isaac Seigel-Boettner

An Indian girl gains a bicycle, and the will to achieve.

Jigueen's Best

Producer: Cheikh Seck from SENEGAL

A Senegalese activist fights for the rights of women in Africa.

Women Helping Women

Producer: Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell helps women of Nepal by giving them goats!

Pray the Devil Back to Hell - excerpt

Producer: Abigail Disney (Producer) and Gini Reticker (Director)

This important documentary sheds light on the "Womens Peace Movement of Liberia," and celebrates these unsung heroes. (excerpt)

Women for Women

Producer: Yllkë Paçarizi, Ben Apolloni and Malsor Ajeti

"Women For Women" is about the Center for the Protection and Rehabilitation of Women and Children, in Prishtina, Kosovo.


Producer: Anson Schloat and John G. Young

Liz Murray overcomes her difficult childhood to win a scholarship to go to college.

Women's Equality Day

Credit: Nancy Pelosi (Wikipedia CC)