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Women’s Equality Day Rally Promotes Voter Participation and New, Crowd-Sourced NYC Archive for Women’s Activism

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer led a rally and press conference today with fellow women serving New York City as elected officials observing Women’s Equality Day, calling for increased voter participation and recognition of women’s activism. The officials were joined by Liz Abzug, daughter of U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug; Dept. of Records and Information Services Commissioner Pauline Toole; the League of Women Voters of New York City; and young people appointed by Brewer to Manhattan’s Community Boards and her Council of Young Leaders.

In 1971, Congress adopted a resolution sponsored by New York’s Rep. Bella Abzug designating August 26 Women’s Equality Day, in honor of the certification of the Nineteeth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on that date in 1920.

“Ninety-six years ago today, the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote in this country was certified — but we’re still fighting to get more women in the voting booth and in the halls of power, from City Hall to Albany to Washington,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Today is a day to celebrate, but also a day to double down on the work of empowering women and everyone else in our society whose voices haven’t always been heard, and need to be.” Read more.

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