“At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”
The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.” (http://www.nwhp.org)
Every year, I commemorate this day by either showcasing pioneering women who are breaking glass ceilings, or I discuss the significance and importance of women’s equality.
This year, however, I decided to do things a little differently. Today, instead of honoring how far we’ve come, I decided to celebrate womanhood as a whole… celebrate our similarities, but also embrace our diversities and differences. My girlfriend Tanya sent this to me a while back, and it really struck me.
It is from a Tumblr Blog, and there is a REPOST button to share it on one’s own Tumblr blog, but I opted to share it on my regular blog here instead.
It’s interesting… And I loved it.
And, in line with women’s equality, I wanted to show you all something very fitting for this day. I was struck by Aaron Paul‘s acceptance speech last night at the Emmys. Aaron Paul won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Breaking Bad, and thanked his wife onstage. Well, he crashed her site after he did.
Aaron Paul‘s wife, Lauren Parsekian is the co-founder of the Kind Movement, an anti-bullying non-profit movement encouraging girls and women to be KIND to one another– to treat each other as equals, and therefore, I couldn’t think of a more perfect day than today to shine a spotlight on this movement. Take a look…
Today, on Women’s Equality Day, I celebrate not only have far we’ve come, but the journey we still must embark upon to ensure that we can sit at the table, and feel like we belong.
Womanhood is complex… but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.