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Special Emphasis Observances

The following observances take place each year and are mandated through Presidential Executive Orders.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – (January)                         
African American History - (February)      
Women's History – (March)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – (May)

Womens Equality Day - (August)

  • The U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”  The observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

Hispanic Heritage – (September 15 – October 15)
Disability Employment Awareness – (October)
Native American Heritage – (November)


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