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We Can Do It! (Rosie the Riveter), Poster
We Can Do It! (Rosie the Riveter), Poster

People who take intentional action to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change, are called activists.

Issues commonly associated with women's rights include the right to ones body, the right to vote (suffrage) and to hold public office, the right to work and for fair wages and/or equal pay; the right to own property and enter into legal contracts, the right to education, and marital, parental and religious rights.

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Women's Suffrage March on Fifth Avenue in New York, 1911, Giclee Print
Women's Suffrage March, Fifth Avenue, New York, 1911, Giclee Print

The Harmful Effects of the Corset, Illustration from "La Vie Normale Et La Sante", Giclee Print
The Harmful Effects of the Corset, Illustration from “La Vie Normale Et La Sante”, Giclee Print

Women's Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26th, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as “Women's Equality Day,” and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place.

• “I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.” ~ Louisa May Alcott


Grace Abbott
Bella Abzug
Abigail Adams
Jane Addams
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Louisa May Alcott
Susan B. Anthony
Lady Astor
Mary Astell
Hubertine Auclerc


Ella Baker
Anna Laetitia Barbauld
Clara Barton
Marie Bashkirtseff
Daisy Bates
Simone de Beauvoir
Lydia Becker
Aphra Behn
Annie Besant
Hildegard von Bingen


Charlotte Black Elk
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell, MD
Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Evangeline Cory Booth


Sophonisba Breckinridge
Fredrika Bremer
Hallie Quinn Brown
Margaret “Molly” Brown
Nannie Helen Burroughs
Frances Mary Buss
Josephine Butler


Rachel Carson
Lillian Carter
Carrie Chapman Catt
Margaret Cavendish
Lydia Maria Child
Shirley Chisholm
Frances Power Cobbe
Marva Collins
Prudence Crandall
Juana Inés de la Cruz


Mary Daly
Emily Davies
Emily Wilding Davison
Dorothy Day
Ruby Dee
Charlotte Despard
Susan Dimock
Dorothea Dix
Marguerite Durand


Crystal Eastman
Shirin Ebadi
Marion Wright Edelman


Susan Faludi
Fanny Fern
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Clara S. Foltz
Marilyn French
Betty Friedan
Elizabeth Fry
Margaret Fuller


Matilda Joslyn Gage
Zona Gale
Garrett Sisters
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Nikki Giovanni
Emma Goldman
Maude Gonne
Marie-Olympe de Gouges
Germaine Greer
Grimke Sisters


Fannie Lou Hamer
Ida Husted Harper
Dorothy Height
Emily Hobhouse
bell hooks
Julia Ward Howe
Delores Huerta
Anne Hutchinson


Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim
Jovita Idar
Aletta Jacobs
Jane Jacobs
Sophia Jex-Blake
“Mother” Jones
Barbara Jordan


Helen Keller
Florence Kelley
Annie Kenney
Barbara Kingsolver
Maxine Hong Kingston
Alexandra Kollontai
Maggie Kuhn


Susan LaFlesche
Mary Lasker
Julia Lathrop
Mary Elizabeth Lease
Ann Lee
Gerda Lerner
Doris Lessing
Sara Jane Lippincott
Belva Ann Lockwood
Juliette Gordon Low
Mary Lyon


Wangari Maathai
Wilma Mankiller
Harriet Martineau
Margaret Mead
Golda Meir
Harriet Taylor Mill
Kate Millett
Gabriela Mistral
Elizabeth Montagu
Maria Montessori
Lucretia Mott
Mourning Dove


Eva Sars Nansen
Carrie A. Nation
Ada Negri
Florence Nightingale
Caroline Norton
Rose O'Neill
Amelia Opie


The Pankhursts
Rosa Parks
Lucy Parsons
Alice Paul
Elizabeth Peabody
Frances Perkins
Christine de Pisan
Sylvia Plath


Pabdita Ramabai
Jeannette Rankin
Evelyn Reed
Adrienne Rich
Eleanor Roosevelt


Edith Spurlock Sampson
George Sand
Margaret Sanger
Mother Seton
Anna Howard Shaw
May Sinclair
Lillian Smith
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Gloria Steinem
Lucy Stone
Marie Stopes, MD
Aung San Suu Kyi


Mary Burnett Talbert
Ida Tarbell
Susie King Taylor
Mary Church Terrell
Mother Teresa
Flora Tristan
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman


Madame C. J. Walker
Maggie Lena Walker
Mercy Otis Warren
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Rebecca West
Emma Willard
Frances Elizabeth Willard
Mary Wollstonecraft
Victoria Woodhull
Virginia Woolf
Fanny Wright

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