Moylan Highlights Women’s Equality Day


…from State Representative Marty Moylan


August 26, 2013 State Rep. Marty Moylan

Phone: 847-635-6821

Moylan Highlights Women’s Equality Day

DES PLAINES, Ill. – Monday marks the 42nd anniversary of Women’s Equality Day in the United States. In observance, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is encouraging residents to pause and reflect on the important contributions women continue to make in Illinois.

“Freedom, and the right to vote, did not come for free,” Moylan said. “Only after decades of exclusion, mistreatment, and even imprisonment for the cause, did suffragettes finally achieve success on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. And today, women voters outnumber men in each election.”

In 1913, Illinois granted women the right to vote for President of the United States and municipal officers. Over 200,000 Illinois women voted in the 1914 election, helping to pave the way for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Frances Willard, a suffragist from Illinois and president of the Evanston Ladies' College, has been memorialized in Statuary Hall, inside the United States Capitol. Her statue was the first honoring a woman to be chosen for the National Statuary Hall Collection. Evanston Ladies’ College later became Northwestern University.

“Women have always played a vital role in Illinois and our country, but unfortunately their achievements and contributions have often gone unacknowledged,” Moylan said. “This day allows us a unique privilege to reflect on the lives, sacrifices, and monumental contributions of women, while realizing that there is still more work ahead to remove barriers towards equal pay and access to the same opportunities as men in all walks of life.”

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at (847) 635-6821 or by e-mail at