The NAACP released the following statement in honor of Women's Equality Day. This day (August 26th) commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment which guarantees American women the right to vote.
From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors:
"As we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we remember all those who courageously dedicated their lives to secure the right to vote for women of this country. It is on their shoulders that, in 2012, black women turned out to the ballot box at a higher rate than any other race, gender or ethnicity under the age of 29.
"While we have made great strides towards equality, we know there is more work to be done. Women are still paid an average of 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, and black women are paid even less. Additionally, we are seeing efforts around the country to restrict the voting rights of women, particularly women of color.
"On this day, the NAACP recommits itself to closing the gaps in opportunity that divide us and adhering to our historic mission – to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons."