In pre-celebration for Women’s Equality Day, which is today, August 26th, 2013, scores of women in dozens of cities took to the streets and parks on Sunday to go topless. Baring their breasts and shaking their chests exclaiming, “The bells of liberty, let them ring.” I say, amen sister. Do those bells need a clacker? Now this is the type of protest movement I want to be on top of. Uh, Out in front of? Get behind. And so I will put away the sexist, adolescent jokes for now and explain what is going on.
Here’s the real deal. Today marks the celebration of women’s equal rights. Today commemorates the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. In a White House blog today Valerie Jarrett wrote,
”Just last week, in advance of today’s anniversary, the President paid a visit to Seneca Falls, New York, where the First Women’s Rights Convention was held in 1848, launching the movement for women’s equality. Today, the site is home to the National Park Service’s Women’s Rights National Historic Park. He acknowledged the leadership of the women celebrated in our history, and made a contribution of his own to that history – he presented the Park with a copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first bill he signed into law, making it easier for women to bring forward pay discrimination claims, as well as a copy of the remarks he made during the bill signing ceremony.
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