Thursday, September 10, 2009

MWPC Mourns Loss of Senator Kennedy

August 26th was a solemn day in the long struggle for women's equality.

On that day, Massachusetts lost Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was a consistent and vocal advocate for women's equality through the years.

That day also marked the 28th annual Women's Equality Day. Women's Equality Day was first established in 1971 by Rep. Bella Abzug as a way to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which gave women across the country the right to vote.

MWPC took time on the 26th to honor the sacrifice and commitment of the original Suffragettes who made that day possible, including people like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

We also joined together several days later to remember Senator Kennedy and his years of work on behalf of women in the U.S. Senate. A number of MWPC staff members, friends and supporters held signs along the motorcade for his funeral cortege, expressing messages of thanks and appreciation for all of his efforts.