National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has announced it joined with global organizations to celebrate Women´s Equality Day on August 26, the administration said.
The date was selected to celebrate the Women´s Suffrage Movement´s greatest victory–women´s achievement of full voting rights following the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. The Women´s Equality Day observance not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also represents women´s continuing efforts toward full equality.
At every level of society, women have been at the forefront of progress and innovation, and today we recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women across the globe who fought through barriers for equality.
Women´s Equality Day coincides with the 100th birthday of Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the first and subsequent US crewed spaceflights. Katherine is a pioneer who paved the way for women at NASA and beyond.