By: Quinn Cooper, WOC General Intern

Today is Women’s Equality Day!  Women’s Equality Day was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1971 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment.  Women’s Equality day also brings light to the continuing efforts of women towards full equality.

At the WOC, we’ll be celebrating Women’s Equality Day by sponsoring a voter registration table on the South Oval.  If you’re not registered, come by and get registered any time between 11AM and 2PM.  If you are registered outside of Cleveland County and are wondering how to get an absentee ballot, we’ll have information on that as well.  We’ll also have candy and buttons, so come celebrate Women’s Equality Day with us by making sure you have everything you need in order to exercise your 19th Amendment rights this November!

It is very important that women vote in all elections.  Many political issues affect women in a way that they don’t affect men.  If women fail to vote, the needs of women regarding these issues (fair pay, reproductive rights and health care to name a few) will not be acknowledged.  To make sure that all women are properly represented in the government, all women need to vote. Local issues can impact your daily life just as much, if not more, than a national election.  So make sure you’re registered to vote this fall as Oklahoma will elect it’s first female governor, many seats in the state legislature are either open or being contested and many seats in the United States Congress will be decided by the November elections.