Tuesday 23 August 2016

Women's Equality Day - What Does It Mean to You?

Did you know that August 26th is celebrated as Women's Equality Day? Here's everything you want to know about this historic date in American history, the day observed to mark it and what does it mean to women today.

The History
On August 26, 1920, nearly ninety-six years ago, women were granted the right to vote by the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This change came about after a long struggle by suffragists who worked tirelessly. Congresswoman Bella Abzug proposed this day be observed as 'Women's Equality Day' and in 1971 a resolution was passed in Congress in favor of this observance.

Why Women's Equality Matters Even Today
We have made great strides since that historic date but we still have a long way to go. We have female coaches in the NFL, women have graduated from the US Army's Ranger School and of course we could have the country's first female president soon. But women's representation in congress and senior management positions in most companies is still low. Although, we should be proud of everything that we have achieved, we have a long way to go.

What Can You Do to Celebrate This Day?
1. Know your history
The Suffragist Movement and women's liberation is a rich chapter in American history. The process of how we have come to enjoy our personal freedom today is rooted in the women's struggle of the past. So, grab a book or listen to a podcast to know your history.

2. Be aware of your rights
Do you know your rights about equal pay for women at the workplace? Or do you know how ballot propositions work? If you don't know, arm yourself with knowledge. The wonderful thing about gaining awareness in this age, is that there are so many options available. A trip to the local library, reading a political blog or watching a video on a social media site – the Internet age has made it easy and entertaining to gain knowledge.

3. Register to vote and vote
Are you registered to vote? If not, you can get all the information you need online. A simple Google search and you will know the registering process in your state. With the presidential elections coming up, registering to vote is all the more important.

4. Spread awareness
Women's equality awareness isn't just for women, it is for everyone. If true gender equality is to prevail, both men and women should be a part of the process of awareness. So how do you go about spreading awareness. Are you a social media ninja? Make a viral video. Have a way with words? Blog it or tweet that funny but informational comment. If you come across people who are uninformed, tell them what gender equality means to you. Also, check online for any conventions and events near you as many organizations do celebrate this day by reaching out to people.

Happy Women's Equality Day.


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