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The History of Women’s Equality Day 

Starting in 1971, the United States Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. This acknowledges the past and present struggles that women face. Women’s suffrage is a cornerstone of the barriers to women’s autonomy and rights globally. A woman’s right to vote was legalized in several countries such as Finland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom by the early 1900s. However, it was not until women’s contributions during World War I that women’s suffrage finally gained enough support in the United States. Today, women are not done fighting for equal rights. The wage gap between men and women still impacts women’s economic power, and gender-based discrimination still plagues professional workplaces and social settings.

To commemorate Women’s Equality, Angeion Group is proud to make donations to two organizations that fight for gender-based equity and equality every day: The National Women’s Law Center and Global Fund for Women. Learn more about these game-changing organizations below:

National Women’s Law Center

“The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families. For 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women.

The Center has won landmark advances to improve the lives of women for more than 40 years. Recent accomplishments range from protecting pregnant workers to raising the minimum wage in states across the country.

The Center began in 1972 when secretaries at a public interest law firm made four demands: better pay for women, more women staff attorneys, work on women’s rights, and no serving coffee. And they succeeded.”


“Global Fund for Women was founded in 1987 in Palo Alto, California, by four bold women: Anne Firth Murray, Frances Kissling, Laura Lederer, and Nita Barrow. They were convinced that women’s human rights were essential to social, economic, and political change around the world, for the benefit of us all. Frustrated by a lack of interest in funding women’s human rights, they founded an organization to fund grass-roots women-led movements directly. Our founders knew that trusting local partners to drive solutions in their own communities would lead to meaningful, lasting change. They were right.

Over the course of 30+ years, Global Fund for Women has supported feminist movements and grassroots organizers to end civil wars, get female Presidents elected, and secure laws giving new protection to millions. Today, building on historic wins and the latest research, we are doubling down on supporting movements. By shifting towards a movement-led approach, Global Fund for Women will harness and fuel rising people-power globally to increase their impact and accelerate change.”

An Overview of Women’s Equality History in The United States

Historical data in this article is from National Today
Survey data is powered by Wisevoter and Scholaroo
Descriptions of charitable organizations are sourced from their websites