Twitter Is Joining This Governor In Asking President Trump To Recognize Women's Equality Day

"A woman's place is in the voting booth."

This Saturday, August 26, is Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 passage of Nineteenth Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote. It was first celebrated in 1973, but as Fortune reports, it isn't "technically a holiday" until the president proclaims it so each year.

Every sitting president since Nixon has recognized the day. Last year, President Barack Obama said in his proclamation, "I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality."


However, as of this writing, President Donald Trump has yet to make a proclamation on Women's Equality Day, and many fear he won't. In June, for example, he caused outrage for failing to recognize LGBT Pride Month.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among those urging Trump, on and off Twitter, to issue a proclamation on this historic day. Cuomo, who founded the Women's Equality Party in 2014, has made his own proclamation for the state of New York, and he issued a statement Thursday emphasizing how important it is for Trump to do the same.

"As we celebrate Women's Equality Day, I am calling on President Trump to act as every president has before him and to issue a proclamation, affirming our belief that all men and women are created equal, and that the right to vote is genderless," the governor wrote, later repeating the request on Twitter, Trump's favorite platform.

"Saturday we mark Women's Equality Day. In New York we protect and value women's rights every day. We will always push women's rights forward. Our economy and soul depend on full equality," Cuomo said in a statement to Refinery29.

Melissa DeRosa, Gov. Cuomo's secretary and chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls, added, "New York will not move backwards."

According to the site, the governor also asked social media users to post with the hashtag #WomensEqualityDay urging Trump to recognize it. Many on Twitter — including politicians, activists, and political organizations — have done just that. 

Refinery29 also points out that Trump recognized Women's History Month in March, but he didn't release an official statement on International Women's Day on March 8, although he did tweet about it. Instead, former press secretary Sean Spicer made a statement marking the holiday.

Considering how much we all know Trump loves Twitter, maybe he'll see the messages and keep with tradition. Regardless, Americans don't need an official proclamation to celebrate how far we've come, and acknowledge how far we have to go. The National Women's History Project has a list of suggested ways to commemorate Women's Equality Day, including signing a petition to make it a federal holiday.

Cover image via Shutterstock / Krista Kennell.


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