10 September 2015
During the Aug. 21 women’s equality event, displays show the timeline of women’s rights since the early 1900s. Photo by Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote
By Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs

Fort Detrick leadership hosted a Women’s Equality Day event at the Community Activities Center Aug. 21.

The event celebrated the day the 19th Amendment to the Constitution became a law, which was Aug. 26, 1920, giving American women the right to vote. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) later introduced a Joint Resolution to Congress designating each Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day. This year marked the 94th anniversary.

In a letter written by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, she told her personal story of her mother not being able to vote.

“As an immigrant to this country, finally being given that opportunity proved to her that America was a great place to live,” wrote Mikulski.

Keynote speaker Melanie P. Cox, of the Frederick County League of Women Voters, spoke to the attendees about the evolution of the bill and overcoming obstacles along the way.

“Does anyone know by how many vote s this bill passed?” asked Cox. “By one.”

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