Louise Daniel (1931 - 2003) was a beloved Teacher, Advocate, Feminist, Community Activist, and Photographer.
The last wish Louise expressed to her friends was that some event be established to remind women of all ages in our community of their unique history. Her concern was that younger women were not familiar with the efforts of earlier women to overcome barriers to equality.
Before her death, Louise agreed that an annual Women's History Lecture could address her concerns and achieve her last wish. Her friends raised the funds to start the luncheons.
This will be the ninth annual luncheon that will highlight women's history in our area. The past luncheons have recognized women lawyers, public school teachers and administrators, business leaders, child-care providers, elected officials, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals, bankers, and farmers/ranchers.
Women's Equality Day
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated the last Friday in August as "Women's Equality Day."
The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, somewhat peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
Women suffragists put their efforts on hold prior to the Civil War, when they supported the abolitionist movement and helped African Americans win the right to vote. After the Civil War, women hoped they would be included in the Thirteenth Amendment, but they were not. As a result, on African American men obtained the right to vote.
The Fourteenth Amendment, also passed at the conclusion of the Civil Was, stated that all citizens had the right to equal protection under the law, but women apparently were not included since they had to obtain a separate amendment to gain the right to vote in 1920.
The observance of Women's Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality. In many parts of the United States workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women's Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.