In 1920, Congress certified the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote – in 1971, Congress declared that August 26th would be designated Women’s Equality Day. In honor of this day, 99 years after the 1920 vote, members of the Rapid City women’s organization Democracy in Action hung informational placards about the First Ladies of the United States on the corresponding presidential statue downtown, reports KNBN NewCenter1.
Each placard included an image of the first lady and some facts about her life and the contributions and sacrifices she made during her time as a First Lady. Dorothy Brewick, a member of Democracy in Action said that the project hopes to demonstrate the importance of women in government in the past, present and future.
DIA is a nonpartisan grassroots movement of women working to increase progressiveness in South Dakota. Brewick says they “are striving to get women an equal place at every table where decisions are made”.
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