Today is Women’s Equality Day, as explained in wikipedia:
Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the giving of the vote to women throughout the country on an equal basis to men.
Women in the United States were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.
Women still earn less than men (77 cents to the dollar) but have come a very long way since 1920. When I was growing up women could only be housemakers or be employed at three jobs: secretary, elementary school teacher, or nurse. But being raised by supportive parents I was encouraged (like many women of my generation) to do more — go to law school, dental school, medical school, get a Ph.D., etc. The women’s movement have helped women find employment in alternative jobs like fire fighters, bus drivers, school principals, paramedics.
In 2011 American women can handle all types of jobs, the same as men.
Women are CEOs of large corporations, have run for U.S. President,and are politicians in all levels of government, including Governor of our state of Arizona.
I firmly believe that women should be treated the same as men, thus my title of this blog, which is taken off a 2008 honorable mention amateur adult art entry I submitted to the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission:
Description of postcard entry:
pink symbol for women = blue symbol for men (on same line)
with word “EQUALity” spelled underneath, with the word EQUAL in caps.
Celebrate women and Women’s Equality Day today, August 26, 2011. And tomorrow the Women’s Commission is hosting a celebration & jam session starting at 7 p.m. with local woman musician Annie English (at 240 N. Court Ave. in downtown Tucson). Log onto their website www.pimatucsonwomen.org or call Chair Alison Hughes at 520-881-0917.