Today is Women’s Equality Day. Exactly 95 years ago today the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was certified as law. (The holiday was created by Congress in 1972.) That was a huge milestone in this country’s history. It sped up progress toward equality, which is still too slow.
We as a society have come a long way since then but still have a long way to go. We have Title IX but no Equal Rights Amendment; universal unpaid family leave but no mandated PAID family leave; women in previously male-only fields but males still predominate; women earn more college degrees but less money; more women politicians but the vast majority are still white men. In short,men still control the corridors of power.
It is insane that women do not have equal power, especially in this country, the United States. It is time that government and business ceased to be men’s clubs. Passing the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) would be a start. One person told me that it is a sledgehammer, but,in my opinion, we badly need a sledgehammer on women’s rightsin this country. On this Women’s Equality Day we must reflect on that and on the future we are creating.