Recognizing Women’s Equality Day on August 26 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund proudly acknowledge Women’s Equality Day, which is celebrated in the United States on August 26. The day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1971, designated by Congress in 1973, and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.  

It is important to point out that when the Nineteenth Amendment was added, many Black women in the north and west were able to cast ballots, but many Black women in the southern states were refused the right to vote. There were malicious efforts made by state lawmakers to actively prevent Black women from exercising their voting rights. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed that Black women throughout the country obtained the right to vote.  

With Women’s Equality Day around the corner, we are highlighting the many shining examples of work and progress conceived, managed, and led by women that is happening within our labs, clinics, offices, and meeting rooms. They include cisgender women and women of trans experience, women from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and so many other intersecting dimensions of identity. This critical work is made possible through our ongoing efforts to nurture and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace – a goal toward which we continuously strive.  

Additionally, the women who are our patients, family members, caregivers, and friends bring resiliency, honesty, intelligence, and compassion to the Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund community. They are an inspiration to so many, including Dana-Farber faculty and staff, and we work hard to support their experience with cancer, whether it’s their own or someone close to them. 

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, below are several examples of pivotal moments in the Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund world that were made possible by or support these inspirational women. On August 26 (and beyond!), we encourage you to think about the women in your life and the important qualities and values they embody. 

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