On this day August 26, 1970

The feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality.

Women's liberation march

Women's liberation march

The strike and demonstration held on the fiftieth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to demonstrate for equal rights for women.

The Strike succeeded in expanding women’s movement beyond expectations, the New York City march, alone, bringing out over 50,000 women.

At the New York rally, Betty Friedan, feminist activist and journalist Gloria Steinem, and Congresswoman Bella Abzug addressed the crowd and in 1971, Abzug was successful in securing legislation that declared August 26th of each year Women’s Equality Day.

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