Friday, August 26, 2011: Michigan Women's Equality DayDate: August 26, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, on August 26, 1920, American women were granted the right to vote when the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution became certified; and,
WHEREAS, this amendment was a vital turning point in history for the generations of women who held silent vigils, lobbied, lectured and marched to demand that our nation live up to its founding principle of equality for all; and,
WHEREAS, in 1971, the U.S. Congress passed a bill, introduced by New York Representative Bella Abzug, officially recognizing August 26 as Women's Equality Day, and since then, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation commemorating this day; and,
WHEREAS, we join with the rest of our nation to remember and honor the many women throughout American history who displayed utmost bravery, dedication and commitment in their efforts to fight for, and achieve, equality for all women;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Friday, August 26, 2011 as Michigan Women's Equality Day.