Women’s Equality Day

A Look Back at all The Strides Women Have Made

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By Tara Lundy

Women truly are a powerful force to be reckoned with. With August 26th being Women’s Equality Day, it’s the perfect time to reflect on just how far women have come. Even though we still have a long way to go in terms of full equality between men and women, why not use the day to celebrate the mountains women have conquered and continue to do so?

 

 

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Politics

Even though there’s still a huge gap between men and women in politics, women have certainly come far seeing as it was almost 100 years ago that women were granted the right to even vote. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential candidate for the Democratic party. Although she didn’t win, the fact that she became the Democratic nominee was a huge step in moving towards equality.

As of 2019, 23.7% of women currently hold seats in the United States Congress with 25 women serving in the Senate and 102 serving in the House of Representatives. What’s amazing about this is that even though there is still an underrepresentation of women versus men in politics, this is currently the highest number of women we’ve ever had in Congress. Considering the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was Jeannette Rankin in 1916, we’ve come a long way and are more than likely to continuously increase the percentage of women in politics.

 

 

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Pay Gap

Whether you’ve experienced it yourself or have just read about it, we’re all aware of the gender pay gap that women so often have to deal with. Even though the United States passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, there’s still a way to go considering the women’s median annual earnings are almost $10,000 less than men. The pay gap is especially noticeable for women of color considering that Hispanic women earn only 58% compared to men. Meanwhile, white women earn 79% of what men do. However, considering how the gender pay gap closed by 1% this year and the importance of the #MeToo movement, this could be a sign that things will continue to trend upward.

 

 

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Education

In 1840, Catherine Brewer became the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College. Since then the number of women attending colleges has majorly increased. In fact, nowadays women make up 56% of college campuses and outnumber men in all areas of education. This not only shows how important an education is to women but just attests to the fact of how successful we want to be in the world.

 

What We Can Do to Keep Making Strides?

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Support Women-Owned Businesses

As if being a woman in today’s world doesn’t already have its fair share of challenges, being a woman in business can be even tougher. In order to help women be as successful as possible, take the extra step in celebrating all of women’s hard work by supporting their businesses. You’ll find that women-owned businesses are offered in all kinds of industries, such as fitness, beauty, and financial services. If you want to pick and choose which kind of companies you want to support the most, think about the values that are most important to you. For example, if being animal-friendly or vegan is a huge part of your life, consider supporting a women-owned hair color company with healthy, vegan hair care products that will make you both feel and look great. Or if you’re a woman who loves to be outdoorsy and adventurous, look towards an online camping store created by women for women! Whatever you’re looking for, the options are truly endless for how you can help support women and their ventures.

 

 

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Women’s Equality Day: Be an Advocate 

With women’s rights being talked about now more than ever, it’s important to be an advocate for women in whatever way possible. You can show your support for women in all kinds of ways, whether it’s attending rallies or showing your support on social media. Bringing any kind of awareness to the need for equality can help make a difference. Even doing something smaller like simply supporting your closest friends through a tough time is helping to be an advocate, and not just on Women’s Equality Day! We’re all in this together and are stronger as a cohesive unit so showing your support will be appreciated and admired by all women.

 

Guest Author at

Tara Lundy is a writer who lives in Denver, Colorado, USA.

She is passionate about women in business and women’s empowerment. When she’s not writing, she’s spending her time with her family and dogs.

16 thoughts on “Women’s Equality Day

  • September 22, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Women’s rights have come sux a long way over the years. I’m so glad this generation has the chance to do things differently than generations before.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    I don’t know if I got paid equally to my male colleagues. But as a woman, I got pregnant, had a kid. So when I left my job for three years to do all these tasks, I did not get any salary increase. This has influenced my salary in the long term, but I cannot avoid that. That is just unfortunately the reality.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    Us women have come a long way since then indeed. It’s great to see women-owned business and I’m all up for empowering women.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    Thank you for sharing! It’s important everyone has a platform to speak about their ideas and promote equality to all. Firm supporter of bridging gaps and becoming unified – men and women are stronger together.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    We really have come such a long way. The times are a direct reflection of how we have influenced everything around us.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Me and my friend we’re just talking about this- how unfair it is that men seem to rule politics and the workplace still!! We need to fix it! Keep fighting for actual equality!

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  • August 27, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    I love to support women-owned businesses. I’m a big believer in empowering women too!

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Women’s Equality Day has been one of the special days where we should champion for women’s rights. I have been an advocate of equal pay for men and women. I hope that these initiatives don’t go to waste. It doesn’t stop at this day. It’s a continuous battle for equality. Although it is still an issue today, I hope that we can do our part to make a difference.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    Whenever I have the opportunity to support a fellow woman, I always will. We need to help one another and do what we can to lift each other up and be the best that we can be. We are — and will continue to — make progress toward equality!

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    It’s so good to see women getting their due which they always deserved. And making rapid strides towards achieving excellence in their respective fields.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    I know that coming from a man, that I don’t know much, if anything, about the pay gap, but I do know that great strides in other areas for women’s equality have been made, and we’re all better because of that.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    I worked in a profession where I didn’t have to worry whether I got paid equally to men. There was a salary scale, complete with education degrees and we were all paid from the same scale. However, I knew women who were dealing with this discrimination.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    I love this!! Great that women’s rights and equality are being spoke about for sure xx

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    It’s good that women’s rights is being talked about more often. We’ve still got a long way to go for women’s equality.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    It is sad that this is still an issue in these modern times. Women can pretty much do whatever they put their hearts into. I am all for empowering women and supporting women-owned businesses!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    The gender pay gap is real and it’s a real problem. It’s one reason I went into business for myself. Now I get paid what I’m worth!

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