Today is Women’s Equality Day. It was designated as such by Congress, spearheaded by the late Bella Abzug, in 1971 to honor the day in which women girl the right to vote in 1920. This is a time to celebrate past progress and reflect on current progress and the future.
The present is, frankly disappointing. While women are outpacing men in education, the former make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Women are only a paltry percentage of Company CEOs and presidents. OK, since women are a slim majority of voters (due to living longer), they ought to do better in the political arena. They do, but they fill only ~ 20% of congressional seats. Worse, the presidency is still entirely a men’s club.
The future does hold promise, though. Female representation in the halls of power is increasing, more quickly in politics than in business. Hillary Clinton is currently the front runner to become the first women president two years from now.
Aaitionally, we must accomplish five goals which are currently being worked on:
* paid medical and maternity leave for all workers
* income equality/comparable worth
* the right of women to control their bodies( contraception and abortion)
* an end to victim blaming (holding men accountable for violence against women)
* passing the Equal Rights Amendment at last. This historic document was written in 1924; ninety years is more than enough for women to wait.
In short, we have come a long way, but we have a very long way to go. Someone recently suggested that another suffrage movement be started up. It is long overdue.