STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, women have greatly contributed to the advancement and development of our State and our nation; and
WHEREAS, despite their equal importance to America, women have consistently been denied rights equal to those of men; and
WHEREAS, on August 26, 1920, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment finally gave women the voting franchise; and
WHEREAS, in response to continued occupational, economic, social, and educational discrimination against women, Delaware has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware should acknowledge the many achievements of the women's suffrage and women's rights efforts; and WHEREAS, the citizens of Delaware should be informed about the purposes and goals of the women's movement, the damage done by sex discrimination, and the need for firm establishment of equal rights now;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim August 26, 1973, as
EQUAL RIGHTS DAY
and ask all Delawareans to note this significant occasion by firmly resolving to advance the movement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 24th day of August
(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor
Attest : GROVER A. RIDDLE, Assistant Secretary of State