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Free Women's Equality Day Buttons

August 26, 2021, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)

Contact: Letitia Kenemer (
MU Art Gallery, 1st Floor

Visit the exhibit, The Suffrage Project, by Mary Kline Misol in the Memorial Union Art Gallery and pick up a free Women’s Equality Day button on August 26 from 10am-4pm. This day commemorates the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote in 1920. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for this day in 1971, and every president since has recognized August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.

Although passage of the 19th Amendment is an important moment in history, women of color were still blocked from voting - some for another 45 years. It wasn’t until 1924 that voting rights were recognized for Indigenous Peoples, 1929 for Latinx, 1943 for Chinese, and 1952 for Japanese and Pacific Islanders. While Black women were active in the women’s suffrage movement of the early 19th century, they remained barred from voting for decades. It wasn’t until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 that Black women were granted the right to vote.

Celebrate today, and let's keep moving forward!

Button designs by Kristin Erdman

Women's Equality Day Buttons

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