In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. So this August 26th is the 40th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day. I am wondering how equal women in America. The statistics say women are making on average 77 cents on the male dollar.
What will you be doing on Women’s Equality Day? Will you be thinking about whether in your life you experience equality with people of the opposite gender? Will you think about whether the Equal Rights Amendment is needed, even after all these years? After all, the statistics go on to say that women gravitate towards lower-paying jobs like nursing and teaching, so of course they are making less than men. But what about the Constitution? Where is the equality in that document? The only right it specifically affirms equally for women and men is the right to vote. There is an assumption that men hold rights and women have to prove that they hold them. Where is the equality in that?
On the eve of Women’s Equality Day, I’m going to be holding a fundraiser for “We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History”. So that we can get to Sacramento. So that I can bring 9 actors up to Sacramento to talk about how women got their rights in the United States. If you are in Southern California, please join us.