Today is the day we celebrate the right for women to vote. This amendment was first introduced in 1878 but wasn’t officially part of the U.S. constitution until August 26th, 1920. Fifty years after the Amendment was officially granted, the holiday was officially declared by Congress as a celebration of woman’s suffrage. Here are some interesting facts about women’s rights to honor this holiday.
Amazing Moments For Women In History
- There has always been a presence of women in the military on a volunteer and temporary basis. After the Spanish-American War, the nation finally recognized that there was a need for an ongoing presence of women in the military. In 1901 the Army Nurse Corps was created and the Navy Nurse Corps was created in 1908.
- In 1900 married women were allowed to keep their own wages and own property in their own name.
- The first college to admit women was Salem College, founded in 1772 as a primary school. However, it wasn’t until the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862 was founded, that universities had to educate men and women in practical fields of study. It wasn’t until 1980 that men and women started to attend college in equal numbers. In the past few years, there are more women graduating from high school, attending and graduating from college, and earning graduate degrees than men.
- Title IX was passed in 1972. This was a law that requires schools that receive money from the federal government to give their female students the same opportunities to play sports as male students.
- Before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, women could be fired if they were pregnant.
- Today more than 30 percent of all businesses are owned and operated by women.
- In 2015 Capt. Kristen Griest and LT. Shaye Haver were the first female soldiers to graduate from the Army’s Ranger School.
- 2017 marked the first time that the Navy has had female applicants for SEAL Officer, Special Boats Unit.
Donate Your Vehicle On Women’s Equality Day
Do you have a car, boat, ATV, or even RV that you are no longer using? You can donate it to Vehicles For Veterans. We are a vehicle donation program the benefits disabled veterans and their families. All you have to do is fill out our online donation form or give us a call at 1-855-811-4838. Once we receive your information you will get a call within 24 hours of the next business day to schedule your vehicle pickup. Once your vehicle is picked up you will receive your tax deductible receipt in the mail. You will have faith knowing that the proceeds from your vehicle are going to help veterans and their families.