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East Texans Celebrate Women's Equality Day

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Election day in 1920 was unlike any other. After years of campaigning for woman suffrage, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting women across the nation the right to vote.
 
Thirty-two years later, a League of Women Voters chapter was created in Tyler. They had numerous members that first year, but that was largely based on a mistake.
 
"There were about 100 who thought they were joining the Junior League and it wasn't until they were called to meeting to study about public policy issues and educate themselves about government and how it worked that they realized that they had joined a different organization than they sought out," said Toni Ferrell, the league's historian.
 
But the league survived, and is still here, dedicated to getting eligible voters to the polls. For years, Women's Equality Day served as a reminder of the affirmation of citizenship for women nationwide. However, even today, this celebration comes with the realization that inequality still exists.
 
"Progress has been slow, there have been gains in the workplace and women's own self -image has changed somewhat, but it continues to be something that we have to work on everyday," Ferrell says.
 
According to Ferrell, the league uses the past as positive reinforcement for what they stand for today and what they hope to accomplish in the future.
 
"We think this event draws attention to the fact that it is important for all American citizens to enjoy the same kind of full citizenship to make our country stronger and make democracy work better for all of us," Ferrell says.
 
The League of Women Voters encourages both men and women to join their organization. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.
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