What You Need To Know About Women's Equality Day
Did you know that less than 100 years ago you didn’t have the right to vote in the U.S. if you were a woman? Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote on August 26, 1920.
The women’s suffragist movement was successful in large part because a group of passionate women (and men) banded together to activate change. Now-famous activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul, took big risks (even risking their safety); used their voices and traveled a rocky road to rewrite the old rules that were written by and for men, but that were no longer working.
You too may be facing challenges where the current workplace culture has been designed by and for men and is no longer working for the modern world. There may be subtle forces (such as unconscious bias) and not-so-subtle forces (such as blatant sexism) holding you back from advancement. For Women’s Equality Day and every day, let’s continue to come together, both women and men, in the fight for equality. Equality is not a female issue, it’s a social and economic imperative.
Let us not forget how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. Check out the below timeline to honor the achievements of women who came before, and to see where we are today. Then let’s keep moving forward to create a workplace—and a world—where equality is a reality.