What Does 2015 Women's Equality Day Show

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: August 30, 2015
News Source: Fortune

95 years ago on August 26, women were granted the right to vote, and that is the reason for Women's Equality Day. However, one opinion article by Fortune says "while that—and the progress we’ve made over the past century—is certainly something to celebrate, it’s still a bit premature to start calling things “equal.”

According to the presidential proclamation released Monday by the White House Press office, the holiday celebrates America’s efforts towards gender equality in the social, political, and economic spheres. - <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/26/white-house-proclaims-today-women-equality-day/">click here</a>

Yet here are the facts the opinion article cited in its assertion that women "are still waiting for equal treatment."
- Only 20% of the Senate and 19% of Congress are women;
- Only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women;
- Based on the IWPR’s Status of Women in the States 2015 report, the wage gap won’t close until 2058;
- There are 5 states that have received an "F" on women's equality; and
- It takes time for real change to happen.

Other news articles also cite some examples of the lack of women inequality that still exists.
Aug. 26, which since the 1970s has been known as Women’s Equality Day, is used both as a way to celebrate the hard-won accomplishments of suffragists as well as to bring light to other ways women are still fighting for equality. - <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/what-people-are-saying-womens-equality-day-2015/nnRfD/">click here</a>

Much work indeed still needs to be done, and yes, it takes time for real change to happen. Thus, there should not be any letup in efforts to ensure women are given equal rights.

In the words of President Obama, in his proclamation of this year's celebration of Women's Equality Day: "When women succeed, America succeeds. That is why I am committed to fighting for equal pay for equal work [...] I continue to support passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act because there is no reason why an earnings gap between men and women should persist in the 21st century. Women account for more than half of all workers who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage, and I have called on the Congress to raise the minimum wage and signed an executive order to raise it to $10.10 for individuals working on new Federal service contracts."

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Women make up just 20% of the Senate and 19% of Congress

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