Happy National Women’s Equality Day!

August 23, 2011 sexyknees
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August 26th is the home of several holidays – National Dog Day, Malaysia’s Independence Day, Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence Day, and last but certainly not least, National Women’s Equality Day, which is when the women of the United States celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  For those of you whom are not familiar with our Constitution (of which I am one because I needed to look this up), the 19th Amendment – ratified on August 26th, 1920 – granted women the right to vote.

The Women’s Rights Movement began humbly on July 13, 1848, when five women of upstate New York met for tea and discussed the plight of America’s females.  After concluding that something must be done to ease the suffering of women across the country, these 5 crusaders announced to the local paper that a “convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of women” would be held at Seneca Falls in six days.  Seventy-two years later, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment and women around the country rejoiced in their newly-found right to vote.

Sadly, the struggle for equality continues.  For instance, the median full-time salary for American women continues to be far less than that of their male co-workers (in fact, about 77% of that of men).  Even worse, the Equal Rights Amendment is still awaiting ratification in 15 states:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.  I find this simply embarrassing.

I am a great supporter of equality, and whether it be at the home, office, or state legislature, I ask you to join me on National Women’s Equality Day by standing up for the gender which made it possible for all of us to be here on Earth.  Think about it – without women, exactly where would we be?  Females deserve to be treated the same as males, pure and simple, and it is far beyond time for our country to clean up its act – especially 15 specific states!

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