NAACP Statement on Women’s Equality Day

(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP released the following statement in honor of Women’s Equality Day. This day (August 26th) commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment which guarantees American women the right to vote.

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors:

As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, we remember all those who courageously dedicated their lives to secure the right to vote for the women of this country.  It is on their shoulders that in 2012 black women turned out to the ballot box at a higher rate than any other race, gender or ethnicity under the age of 29.

While we have made great strides towards equality, we know there is more work to be done.  Women are still paid an average of 77 cents for every dollar paid to men and black women are paid even less.  Additionally, we are seeing efforts around the country to restrict the voting rights of women, particularly women of color.

On this day, the NAACP recommits itself to closing the gaps in opportunity that divide us and adhering to our historic mission – to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons.   

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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