Today, equality for women means much more than sharing the right to vote.
Women’s Equality Day is celebrated each year in August. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote”.
This date commemorates the achievements of women in society and the struggle for gender equality. Thanks to the feminist movement, women have achieved many victories over the past decades. For example, the right to vote, entrance into the labor market, education, and political life.
On August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the 19th amendment of the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The act stopped the federal government and states from preventing people the right to vote based on their sex. This day was the result of 72 years of campaigning by a massive civil rights movement for women.
Before movements like these, even respected thinkers such as Rousseau and Kant believed that women’s inferior status in society was completely logical and reasonable; women were ‘beautiful’ and ‘not fit for serious employment.
Over the last century, great women have proved these views wrong as the world has witnessed just what women can achieve, from Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt fighting for civil rights and equality to great scientists such as Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Jane Goodall. History has shown more than ever what both women and men can achieve, given the opportunity.
Today, equality for women means much more than sharing the right to vote. We must continue the struggle to have equal opportunities for education and employment. Several associations fight against the repression, violence, discrimination, and stereotypes that women suffer.
“Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of this hard-won achievement and pay tribute to the trailblazers and suffragists who moved us closer to a more just and prosperous future, we resolve to protect this constitutional right and pledge to continue fighting for equality for women and girls,” said President Barack Obama in 2016.
HERSTORY Makes History26, August 2022
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