Women's Equality Day, 2009, 44721-44722 [E9-21015]

Download as PDF 44721 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 166 Friday, August 28, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8402 of August 25, 2009 The President Women’s Equality Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Today, our country renews its commitment to freedom and justice for all our citizens. As we prepare to celebrate this women’s day of equality, we reflect on the sacrifices once made to allow women and girls the basic rights and choices we freely exercise today. The future we leave to our daughters and granddaughters will be determined by our willingness to build on the achievements of our past and move forward as one people and one Nation. The fight for women’s equality is not a woman’s agenda, but an American agenda. We honor the resilience, accomplishments, and history of all women in the United States. We celebrate the courageous women who fought to uphold a fundamental principle within our Constitution—the right to vote—and in so doing, protected the cornerstone of our vibrant democracy. These visionaries of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 sought to ensure that our country lived up to its founding ideals. Although only one, Charlotte Woodward, at the age of 81, had the opportunity to exercise her newfound right, the struggle reminds us that no righteous cause is a lost one. We also commemorate women like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a poet and lecturer who formed the National Association of Colored Women; Antonia Pantoja, a tireless advocate of education equality within the Latino community; Sarah Winnemucca, a voice for peace within the Native American community; and Patsy Mink, author of Title IX and the first woman of color and Asian American woman elected to the United States Congress. These women’s talents, and the contributions of countless others, built upon the framework of 1848 and forged paths for future generations. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with FRD0 Our Nation has come a long way since that ground-breaking convention in New York. Women have occupied some of the most significant positions in government. They have delivered justice from the bench of our highest court, fought for our country in foreign lands, discovered cures to diseases, and joined the ranks of the greatest business leaders of our time. Female college graduates now outnumber their male counterparts. Women have sought equality through government, demonstrated by the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and the establishment of the White House Council on Women and Girls. They have sought equality through advocacy, exemplified by the efforts of thousands of women’s organizations. America has made significant progress toward becoming the fair and just society the suffragists once envisioned. Yet, today, our work remains unfinished. Far too many adult women remain mired in poverty. Women are still subject to pervasive discrimination at school and harassing conduct in the workplace. Women make, on average, only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. Underrepresented in many facets of our economic and public life, from government to boardrooms to the sciences, women have yet to eradicate all barriers to professional development. We stand at a moment of unparalleled change and a time for reflection and hope. We cannot allow the vibrant energy and passionate commitment of our trailblazing women to fade, and we can never forget the responsibility VerDate Nov<24>2008 22:05 Aug 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\28AUD0.SGM 28AUD0 44722 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 166 / Friday, August 28, 2009 / Presidential Documents we bear to the ideals of liberty and equality for all. Each generation of successful women serves as a catalyst to empower, enlighten, and educate the next generation of girls and boys, and we must devote ourselves to promoting this catalyst for change now and in the future. On this Women’s Equality Day, we resolve to continue the important work of our Nation’s foremothers and their successors, and turn their vision of a more equal America into our reality. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2009, as Women’s Equality Day. I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit themselves to the goal of true gender equality in this country. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtyfourth. [FR Doc. E9–21015 Filed 8–27–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 22:05 Aug 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\28AUD0.SGM 28AUD0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with FRD0 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 166 (Friday, August 28, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 44721-44722]
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The President





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Proclamation 8402--Women's Equality Day, 2009


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 166 / Friday, August 28, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8402 of August 25, 2009

                
Women's Equality Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Today, our country renews its commitment to freedom and 
                justice for all our citizens. As we prepare to 
                celebrate this women's day of equality, we reflect on 
                the sacrifices once made to allow women and girls the 
                basic rights and choices we freely exercise today. The 
                future we leave to our daughters and granddaughters 
                will be determined by our willingness to build on the 
                achievements of our past and move forward as one people 
                and one Nation. The fight for women's equality is not a 
                woman's agenda, but an American agenda.

                We honor the resilience, accomplishments, and history 
                of all women in the United States. We celebrate the 
                courageous women who fought to uphold a fundamental 
                principle within our Constitution--the right to vote--
                and in so doing, protected the cornerstone of our 
                vibrant democracy. These visionaries of the Seneca 
                Falls Convention of 1848 sought to ensure that our 
                country lived up to its founding ideals. Although only 
                one, Charlotte Woodward, at the age of 81, had the 
                opportunity to exercise her newfound right, the 
                struggle reminds us that no righteous cause is a lost 
                one. We also commemorate women like Frances Ellen 
                Watkins Harper, a poet and lecturer who formed the 
                National Association of Colored Women; Antonia Pantoja, 
                a tireless advocate of education equality within the 
                Latino community; Sarah Winnemucca, a voice for peace 
                within the Native American community; and Patsy Mink, 
                author of Title IX and the first woman of color and 
                Asian American woman elected to the United States 
                Congress. These women's talents, and the contributions 
                of countless others, built upon the framework of 1848 
                and forged paths for future generations.

                Our Nation has come a long way since that ground-
                breaking convention in New York. Women have occupied 
                some of the most significant positions in government. 
                They have delivered justice from the bench of our 
                highest court, fought for our country in foreign lands, 
                discovered cures to diseases, and joined the ranks of 
                the greatest business leaders of our time. Female 
                college graduates now outnumber their male 
                counterparts. Women have sought equality through 
                government, demonstrated by the signing of the Lilly 
                Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and the establishment 
                of the White House Council on Women and Girls. They 
                have sought equality through advocacy, exemplified by 
                the efforts of thousands of women's organizations. 
                America has made significant progress toward becoming 
                the fair and just society the suffragists once 
                envisioned.

                Yet, today, our work remains unfinished. Far too many 
                adult women remain mired in poverty. Women are still 
                subject to pervasive discrimination at school and 
                harassing conduct in the workplace. Women make, on 
                average, only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. 
                Underrepresented in many facets of our economic and 
                public life, from government to boardrooms to the 
                sciences, women have yet to eradicate all barriers to 
                professional development.

                We stand at a moment of unparalleled change and a time 
                for reflection and hope. We cannot allow the vibrant 
                energy and passionate commitment of our trailblazing 
                women to fade, and we can never forget the 
                responsibility

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                we bear to the ideals of liberty and equality for all. 
                Each generation of successful women serves as a 
                catalyst to empower, enlighten, and educate the next 
                generation of girls and boys, and we must devote 
                ourselves to promoting this catalyst for change now and 
                in the future.

                On this Women's Equality Day, we resolve to continue 
                the important work of our Nation's foremothers and 
                their successors, and turn their vision of a more equal 
                America into our reality.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2009, as Women's 
                Equality Day. I call upon the people of the United 
                States to celebrate the achievements of women and 
                recommit themselves to the goal of true gender equality 
                in this country.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-fifth day of August, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-21015
Filed 8-27-09; 11:15 am]
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