Women in the United States were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was signed after 72 years of struggle. In 1971 Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution by designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day. This day is now celebrated around the world to honor women and to demand full participation in the political, religious, economic and social life of all countries. In the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of 2015, the United Nations Goal # 5 states: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. To achieve all the other SDG’s requires the education of women on a par with men, and full participation of women in creating the world of the future. Excluding women or relegating them to the domestic and agricultural realms only, weakens the entire fabric of society. Inclusion broadens and strengthens societies and nations. Caring for the entire human family requires that all voices are heard equally at the decision-making tables of the world.
God, we pray for women and girls throughout the world who still struggle to have their voices heard. Give us all the strength and courage to continue to work for equality and justice for all women and girls, so that together we can build the world that we desire. May discrimination and intimidation cease so that women everywhere can stand up, be heard, take action, and create change!