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August 26, 2023: Women's Equality Day

WHEREAS, women in the United States have continuously worked to gain full rights and privileges – public and private, legal, and institutional – as citizens of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, women in every state and every cultural and religious group worked to secure women’s right to vote; and,

WHEREAS, Congress has designated August 26, the date the Nineteenth Amendment was certified, as Women’s Equality Day; and,

WHEREAS, recognizing Women’s Equality Day as a day of celebration throughout the country emphasizes the importance of women’s work for democracy; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan civil rights leaders continue the fight to ensure access to full voting rights for all Americans, and continue to work to prevent discrimination in voting laws, policies, and procedures;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2023, as Women’s Equality Day in Michigan to recognize the national day celebrating the importance of the women’s suffrage movement and the work to secure and expand equal rights today.