Published August 26, 2011
President Obama has declared Aug. 26 -- which marks the 91st anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote -- to be "Women's Equality Day."
In a proclamation published by the White House Thursday, Obama said, "I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country," according to Reuters.
"The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution tore down the last formal barrier to women's enfranchisement in our nation and empowered America's women to have their voices heard in the halls of power," Obama said.
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis reiterated the president's statement, crediting early women's rights advocates like Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul for laying the groundwork for change and leading women closer to equality.
"We've ascended to leadership positions across all walks of American life, but perhaps our greatest impact can be felt in the American workforce," Solis said in a statement.
"Today, we are a country drawing down from two wars and recovering from another great financial crisis, and once again it is women who are leading this country back," she said.