Women’s Equality Day is annually celebrated across the United States of America(USA) on 26th August to mark the achievements and advancements made by women across various fields.
The day celebrates and recognises the efforts of women to achieve an equal standing in society.
- The day also marks the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1920 which granted all American women the right to vote.
i.United States Congress Representative Bella Abzug introduced the bill to commemorate the 26th August of every year as Women’s Equality Day in 1971.
ii.In 1973, the United States Congress and Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States formally recognised the 26th August of every year as Women’s Equality Day and issued the first Official proclamation of the day.
i.The 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1920 was a result of the long non-violence campaign by the American women to win their right to vote.
ii.The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits the United States and its states from denying the right to vote on account of sex.
Global Gender Gap Report 2021:
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, the gender gap score in 2021 is at 67.7%.
- Iceland tops the list as the most gender-equal country in the world followed by Finland & Norway.
- India has been ranked 140th among the 156 countries.
On Women’s Equality Day, NTPC recruits all Female Engineers batch:
On the occasion of Women’s Equality Day, the NTPC Ltd, India’s largest energy conglomerate, has recruited its first all-women Engineering Executive Trainees(EETs) batch to reaffirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion.