Happy Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment prohibiting denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.
We’ve come a long way, but much more needs to be done!
While we’ve had historic victories, we still have much to do to make the world a better and more equal place for women and girls everywhere.
While more women are members of state legislatures than ever before, we still make up only 28.9 percent of all state legislators nationwide. In fact, women make up 50% or more of the state legislature in only one state (Nevada). In California, women make up only 30.8% of the state legislature.
Crucially, studies have shown that the more women who serve in legislatures the stronger family-friendly policies are enacted. Women legislators focus more on passing legislation that lifts women and children out of poverty, ensures fair pay and family-friendly workplaces, and expands quality childcare access. Women legislators are also more likely to strengthen laws that protect the victims of sexual assault.
Sex discrimination and inequity remains serious issues in our workplaces. Lawmakers must work to ensure that women in the workplace get equal pay for equal work, and they must address the racial pay gap between white women and women of color.
So while we celebrate our victories and honor our mothers and sisters whose courage and persistence made these victories possible, we should use this day to recommit to the fight for equality and to make the world a better and more equal place for women and girls everywhere!
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