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Obama is at it again:

Obama Declares Aug. 26 ‘Women’s Equality Day’

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,”
“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.

Congress decided that August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.

In 1971.

Here is a quiz you can take as part of your celebration. I don’t find test-taking to be very celebratory, myself, but go ahead. You may still vote if you fail.

59 replies
  1. 1
    Tuttle says:

    So did W in 2008. And Obama did it last year too.

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    Makewi says:

    Wait, women can vote? When did this happen?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Makewi:

    Just as our forefathers in…whoops!

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    kay says:

    @Tuttle:

    California celebrates 100 years in 2012, which I didn’t know. It’s not on the test.

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    Steve says:

    It’s still mystifying to me that we never passed the E.R.A. I don’t think I’ll ever understand.

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    Nice Holiday. And cute quiz, too. :-)

    Some of the suffragettes went through a lot in order to further their cause. It wasn’t all fluff and nonsense. I take my hat off to those ladies for their courage and perseverance.

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    Xenos says:

    I went over there to insult them for being stupid, but I suppose they will just have my comment suppressed. Either way, the comment section over there is full of outrage at the uppity pres for making a declaration like this.

    The stupidity is immense.

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    John Puma says:

    So what year will it be when we switch FROM “one dollar/one vote” to the tragically mythological “one person/one vote”?

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    kay says:

    @Steve:

    Betty Ford! She was a commie, really, when you think about it. Imagine how she’d get on with the current crop of lunatics. They’d drum her right out of the ranks.

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    Bulworth says:

    Sounds like Kenyan soshulism to me. Not Biblical at all. That’s why we have tornadoes and cracked Washington monuments.

    //

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    Nutella says:

    Hey! I got 100% on the quiz. Can I still vote?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Steve:

    My recollection is not enough states ratified it. A-skeert to, ya know. I’m sure it was the Usual Suspects from Group Red.

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    Uncle Clarence Thomas says:

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    Damn, I was hoping for another historic legislative victory.
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    Sasha says:

    Best comment I’ve heard on the topic so far:

    “It’s women’s equality day ladies. So I’d suggest you go buy your man some flowers, take his ass out to a nice dinner, and if you’re lucky, you just might get laid tonight.”

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    Tuttle says:

    And that quiz is horrible.

    Number four implies no women before 1848 worked to gain suffrage, number eight is simply incorrect, and number ten ignores at least three 18th century polities (Poland, Sweden and Corsica).

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    trollhattan says:

    @trollhattan:

    And here we go.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.....nt_Map.svg

    Funny, about Alaska and Texas.

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    Yeah, if Obama would just quit encouraging womenfolk and non-whites it would be a much more comfortable and familiar country to all us poor, poor white boys. What ever happened to the Good Old Days when everyone knew their place? Sigh …

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    DonkeyKong says:

    Shouldn’t wimmins be required to view twenty-four hours of Fox News and Right-Wing email forwards before aborting America ..er I mean vote?

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    @Sasha: #14

    “It’s women’s equality day ladies. So I’d suggest you go buy your man some flowers, take his ass out to a nice dinner, and if you’re lucky, you just might get laid tonight.”

    You think I haven’t?

    ETA: Although to be honest about it all, men as a whole are so easy that it’s probably only on special occasions that women go through the whole courtship dance.

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    kindness says:

    Oh Noes!!! Not a pop quiz on a Friday!!!!

    That’s cruel and unusual. Are you sure you aren’t a republican?

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    TheWorstPersonInTheWorld says:

    For the Obots of BJ:

    http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hp.....3292_n.jpg

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    dpCap says:

    @TheWorstPersonInTheWorld:

    My, what a handsome fella you got there.

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    Brachiator says:

    The quiz also leaves out the history of the Wyoming territories.

    The Western suffrage story began when Wyoming transformed a dream into reality in 1869. That year, the twenty-member Territorial Legislature approved a revolutionary measure stating: “That every woman of the age of twenty-one years, residing in this Territory, may at every election to be holden under the law thereof, cast her vote.” William Bright, the bill’s sponsor, had come to share his wife, Julia’s, belief that suffrage was a basic right of American citizenship.
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    There was no organized suffrage campaign, and not a single parade, debate or public display. But women kept vigil outside Governor John A. Campbell’s office until he signed the bill into law. Eliza A. “Grandma” Swain of Laramie claimed the honor of casting Wyoming’s first female ballot in 1870. Esther Morris of South Park City and Caroline Neil gained fame as the nation’s first female justices of the peace. The next year Wyoming’s women sat on juries, another simple but revolutionary inroad for women’s rights….
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    Wyoming statehood, in 1890, brought the frightening prospect that opponents of suffrage would rescind the right in the new constitution. Women lobbied hard against such threats. Two-thirds of the voters (all male) approved the proposed constitution with suffrage intact. The suffragists’ powers of persuasion held up even when statehood was threatened in the face of congressional opposition. When the U.S. Congress, strongly opposed to women’s suffrage, threatened to withhold statehood from Wyoming, Cheyenne officials sent back a a staunchly worded telegram stating that Wyoming would remain out of the Union 100 years rather than join without women’s suffrage On July 10, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill approving Wyoming as the nation’s “Equality State.” Wyoming voters went on to make history in 1924, when they elected Nellie Tayloe Ross, the nation’s first woman governor.

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    so did the republicans come out against women? that will put most of their candidates for president in a bind.

    santorum flip-flopping on teh gay?

    i shudder.

    or do they just want to take women hostage? more likely.

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    trollhattan says:

    O/T is BJ sooper slow for anybody else today? Also, too, edit window stays blank. Wondering whether it’s going Galt for the hurricane?

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    @Sasha:

    if she buys me a diamond, she might get oral.

    of course, by diamond, i mean a mitsu 82 inch tv.

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    kindness says:

    @trollhattan: No, it’s that lousy PC you’re using….buy a Mac! (OK that was sarcasm there)

    Storm is starting to come in pretty good: http://radar.weather.gov/ridge.....t_loop.php

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    sukabi says:

    but was there an * that said “This time we really, really mean it” ?

    I’ll believe it when women are equally represented in congress, in business and when our healthcare needs aren’t subject to some asshole’s whims…. and also when we get paid the same as men for the same work… till then it’s just talk.

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    Thoughtcrime says:

    A slap in the face to Hillary!

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    Tom Hilton says:

    Congress decided that August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. In 1971.

    Coincidentally, that’s the year women got the vote in Switzerland.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal:

    of course, by diamond, i mean a mitsu 82 inch tv.

    Wouldn’t a Mitsubishi be three diamonds?

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    sukabi says:

    TheWorstPersonInTheWorld: that’s not nice… isn’t ESPN getting flak for their “if Vick was white” story???

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    @Roger Moore:

    indeed, but they call that line of dlps the diamomd series.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @Brachiator: To have begun so magnificently… only to inflict The Cheney Who Is A Dick upon us all.

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    trollhattan says:

    @kindness:

    Hah! I earned that one.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    The fix is in for Bachmann. Front page of FoxNews.com today:

    Bachmann Told to Cut the ‘Obama Rock Star’ Routine –
    Following her straw poll victory, Bachmann faces criticism about her high-profile campaign in Iowa

    If you’re wondering, the two weeks before Pawlenty dropped out saw a bunch of stories from Fox News about how he was “struggling”. I knew then that his campaign was over.

    It looks like Fox wants to hurry up and force a Perry-Romney race, which makes strategic sense for them as an arm of the Republicans.

    So long, Michele!

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    @Thoughtcrime:

    tacky. i wouldn’t have anything to wear with it.

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    Trapped in SC says:

    Did anybody see Neil Cavuto? He was asking Homeland Security Napolitano were they (meaning the Obama administration) overreacting to the storm. The talking point opera has begun…….

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    efgoldman says:

    The annual column from Ellen Goodman.
    http://www.boston.com/bostongl.....es_awards/

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    efgoldman says:

    @Trapped in SC:

    He was asking Homeland Security Napolitano were they (meaning the Obama administration) overreacting to the storm.

    And here’s our once and future King, Ron Paul (h/t Benen)
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.c.....031821.php

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    Thoughtcrime says:

    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal:

    You would if you were a Blingon.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @efgoldman:

    Always liked Ellen Goodman. I really miss reading her regularly and am glad at least that she continues to do her August 26th awards column. Thanks so much for the link.

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    de stijl says:

    As Magritte would say: Ceci n’est pas une test de sondage.

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    Jenny says:

    @Trapped in SC:

    Did anybody see Neil Cavuto? He was asking Homeland Security Napolitano were they (meaning the Obama administration) overreacting to the storm.

    They’re pissed that Napolitano isn’t doing a heck-of-a-job like Chertoff and Brownie.

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    harlana says:

    @Trapped in SC: Can you imagine the teabag twisted-pantyrage had he NOT flown back early?

    Oh and I am not in the mood for 911 documentaries but here they come on the teevee. Here IT comes, because somehow it’s gonna end up being Hussein Obama’s fault.

    (also trapped in sc)

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    WyldPirate says:

    “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,”

    Damn no good soshulistcommiepinko Lie-bruls. That had to go and fuck up a perfectly good democracy by giving part of the population the right to participate in elections.

    No good rat bastards….

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    harlana says:

    And the republican zeal to abolish women’s rights to control their bodies to the point that birth control becomes some kind of sin – sad commentary on our times that this is not hyperbole

    the republican party is run by a gaggle of irrational, voracious, destructive creatures that present themselves as actual human beings

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    harlana says:

    the republicans have been reduced to the party that not only promotes and endorses ignorance, but celebrates it as well, like it’s 1999

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    Rathskeller says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Completely agree: they’ve painted a bulls-eye on Bachman. You’d think their zombie followers would notice when the message changes. It will be interesting, in an appalling sort of way, to see how Sean Hannity changes over to follow the new instructions, given what a friendly venue he has provided for that lunatic over the past few years.

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    AMD says:

    @5 Steve: Because Phyllis Schlafly said the ERA would lead to unisex bathrooms, gay rights (including marriage) and women in the military. And civilization as we know it would end if any of THOSE things were allowed to happen.

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    Bruce S says:

    I knew this fucker Obama was power-mad when he declared July 4th “Independence Day.”

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    nellcote says:

    @Bruce S:

    I knew this fucker Obama was power-mad when he declared July 4th “Independence Day.”

    It was a birthday present for his daughter.

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    AxelFoley says:

    @AMD:

    @5 Steve: Because Phyllis Schlafly said the ERA would lead to unisex bathrooms, gay rights (including marriage) and women in the military. And civilization as we know it would end if any of THOSE things were allowed to happen.

    Two outta three ain’t bad.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @efgoldman: OT but i LOVE ellen goodman. I had the privilege to meet her several years back – actually she was on a panel which was interviewing me – and she was just so classy and friendly and interested, even in something random like prehistoric archaeology which was totally outside her area of interest and experience.

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    Older says:

    Is this post tongue-in-cheek? I hope so. Doesn’t everyone know that one of the president’s less onerous duties is the “declaring” of National Days and holidays? He doesn’t get to choose them (that is congress’ job) but he gets to “declare” them.

    The president declares a day of Thanksgiving every year, even though all of us know when it’s going to be and could pick it out on the next 100 years’ worth of calendars. But the president gets to declare it. Probably a welcome break from the usual hard round of presidentin’ duties.

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    Paul in KY says:

    7 of 10 on the quiz! Felt pretty good about that.

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