And so August 26 is here, officially marking the anniversary of the women’s right to vote in the United States. Yes, it is the date when the 19th amendment was changed, and it is called Women’s Equality Day. While 94 years have passed since then, I have to wonder if dedicating a day to women’s equality is a reality check – I mean, can we really celebrate this day?
What exactly do I mean? I am referring to the fact that women in the US are still unequal to men in so many ways. Speaking specifically about professional fields, women make substantially less than men on average across the US. According to the Catalyst website, “In 2013, the mean weekly earning for full-time working women was $706, compared to $860 for men.”
I suppose if we were to delve into what positions women held as compared to men, we would likely find that men held more managerial positions than the females in the study. It’s not a random assumption I’m making there as many more men continue to be in the higher levels of companies (and higher levels of politics) than women, across the US. Sadly, the general trends are the same where I live in Canada.
With these thoughts spinning through my mind, I can’t help but wonder what Women’s Equality Day is really celebrating. I mean, yes females have the right to vote now in the US but what about the other ways that we are treated unequally. Does the voting aspect make it all okay and really earn a celebratory day?
What are your thoughts about the title “Women’s Equality Day” to mark August 26? Is it really a reality check that there is UNequality still for women across the United States and many other countries?
©2014 Christy Birmingham