Celebrate dignity, hope, and purity on Women’s Equality Day on August 26th!

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As a woman raised and surrounded by strong, confident, capable women, I am now on the other side, trying to mirror the same qualities to my three daughters.  I have a deep appreciation for the obstacles, circumstance, and bias women face around the world. I strive to celebrate women every day, but August 26th is special, as it’s Women’s Equality Day. This day marks the 95th anniversary of the admission of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, finally giving women a voice and the right to vote.

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After 72 years of countless suffrage protests, petitions, speeches, pamphlets, and nights spent in jail, on August 26, 1920, the Suffrage movement had finally accomplished its goal.
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The Focus Features film, “Suffragette” (due for release on October 23, 2015), is inspired by true events.This moving drama explores the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing Suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow Suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.

My daughters and I will all be wearing the colors of suffrage August 26th; purple for dignity and ability, green for hope, and white for purity. I encourage you to do the same. Raising awareness of the struggle of women before us, showing support for the women fighting today, and spreading hope for the generations to come, my girls and I will be actively supporting the cause! It is because of the commitment of the women that came before me, that I have so many of the rights I enjoy. I’m committed to doing what I can to further progress for future generations so that my daughters and granddaughters might know true equality in their lifetimes.

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6 Responses

  1. Sounds like a great movie. One all women should see, I will have to add it to my movie list!

  2. LauraOinAK says:

    I hadn’t heard about this film, but will need to see it when it is out. I am thankful for all the women that fought for our right to vote and take that right seriously at each election.

  3. Courtney says:

    The Suffrage Movement is such an important thing to learn about. We must never forget what our “foremothers” did for our freedoms-and never ever take them for granted!

  4. Lorane says:

    Integrity and Dignity are definitely things alot of women in our Society don’t have. Hopefully I will remember this day and celebrate it to the fullest extent.

  5. Sounds like a great movie! Such an inspiring topic!

  6. Liz Mays says:

    This sounds like a great movie. It’s important to remember what it took for women to get equality around the world.

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