Facebook Celebrates Women’s Equality Day With A Little Historical Inaccuracy

Yesterday, in addition to being National Dog Day, was also Women’s Equality Day. If you logged on to Facebook, you were no doubt greeted with a personalized version of the message above. A nice sentiment, sure — who doesn’t want to celebrate women’s equality, right? — except it’s also hugely inaccurate, in that the majority of the diverse women represented in the illustration were NOT actually granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920. That right was only given to white women. Asian women weren’t allowed to vote until 1952, Native women were not given the right to vote until 1924, though individual states continued to discriminate against them, and Black women were not granted full voting rights until the Voting Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination, was signed into law in 1965. That this post made it past god knows how many people at Facebook before being tacked to the top of everyone’s timelines proves how much intersectionality matters and is needed. [h/t Aja Barber]