La Palma-Cerritos AAUW

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

The community is invited to come to Cerritos Library, at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, on Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. This year, Women’s Equality Day will commemorate the 101st Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution that gave all American women the right to vote on August 26, 1920.

A small group of high school students from the ABC Unified School District will be hosting a table in front of the library entrance with information about Women’s Equality Day, the women’s suffrage movement and registration materials for voting in elections. They will also have a limited number of free bookmarks about famous American women to give to interested persons. In addition, the Cerritos Library will have a collection of books about the women’s suffrage movement on display.

Ten girls are participating in the Legacy of the Women’s Suffrage Movement Project, that is a joint project of La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the ABC Unified School District, as part of Career Tech Education. It is designed for 11th and 12th grade girls who are interested in exploring careers in public office. The girls will study campaign/election issues, the women’s suffrage movement, experience a teen voter pre-registration opportunity, celebrate the 110th Anniversary of California women winning the right to vote on October 10, 1911, and interview former women elected officials through virtual Zoom meetings.

The project was made possible by a grant that was awarded by AAUW California to the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW Branch Legacy Project Coordinator Norma Williamson. Through this project, AAUW seeks to educate the students and the public about the history of the women’s suffrage movement and to help attendees value their right to vote.

In 1848, the first women’s rights convention in American history took place, the Seneca Falls Convention. It was followed by 72 years of struggle and sacrifice, as decades of women suffragists fought for the right to vote. They engaged in many acts of legal advocacy as well as acts of civil disobedience but were met with ridicule and violence. Finally, on August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, that officially granted American women the right to vote, was ratified by the U.S. Congress. This was truly a huge success for the women’s rights movement and now this date is known as Women’s Equality Day.

If you are at least 16 years old and older, a California residing U.S. Citizen, and have moved, changed your name or want to change your political party preference, come and ask for a paper voter registration application that is available in one of nine diverse languages, or register online at: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration. If you want to vote in the Gubernatorial Recall Election on September 14 or the June 7, 2022 Statewide Primary Election, register as soon as possible before you forget!

For more information, contact Norma Williamson, AAUW La Palma-Cerritos Legacy Project Coordinator at [email protected], and/or visit https://lapalma-cerritos-ca.aauw.net/legacy-project/

This article was written by Amber Wang, Whitney High School Senior & AAUW/Legacy Project Student Publicity Chair.