The origin of the women's movement in the United States can be traced back to the 1830's with Quakers who were heavily involved in the abolitionist movement of the time. The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 marks the point most people acknowledge the official start of the women's movement. It was at Seneca Falls that Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented her "Declaration of Sentiments" which argued for more women's rights. Despite the wonderful rhetoric and hard work of activists, it wasn't until the early 20th century that women gained the right to vote with the 19th amendment. Since then, more and more women have been entering the public sphere and pushing for equal rights. During the 20th century, the number of women in the workforce, public office and attending college has risen exponentially.
Also: National Immunization Awareness Month and Equal Opportunity Month
1st - The Birth of the Internet in 1969 - the Internet started when the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the United States Defense Department began a network called ARPANET in 1969. Today it is a global system of interconnected computer networks serving billions of users worldwide.
2nd - Lincoln Penny Anniversary – the Lincoln penny was released to the public in 1909. It marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of U.S. coins, introducing for the first time a portrait coin in the regular series.
10th - Ramadan Begins* (30 Days) (Muslim, Moslem) –the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured; from dawn until sunset.
15th - Assumption Day (Catholic and Christian) – a special holy day to celebrate the ascension of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
19th - National Aviation Day (United States) – celebrates the history and development of aviation and coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight.
26th - Women’s Equality Day (United States) – established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Women’s Suffrage Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.
*Begins at Sunset
UAB Special Events
August - Equal Opportunity Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list, www.mhsl.uab.edu