WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.
Women’s Equality Day was set for August 26 by Bella Abzug in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 passing into effect of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Unfortunately, this did little to stem the tide of sexism that continues to exist in many forms, not just here in America, but all around the world.
The gender pay gap is one of the biggest inequalities in our supposedly just society. According to one Tweeter that I follow on Twitter, the average stripper makes $125,000. But stripping is not a career choice that most sensible young women would choose, and honestly, it is a profession that to me is only a step above prostitution. Not everyone can be a stripper – to make lots of money, you have got to have the look and it doesn’t hurt to be young, blonde, and very busty.
According to Vanessa McGrady writing for Forbes, women are paid 79% of what men are paid. When you remove factors such as time off for child care and ‘pink collar jobs’, there’s still an unexplained discrepancy of 5.4%. The numbers are even worse for most women of color compared with White men: Asian American women, 90%; White women, 78%’ Black women, 63%; Native American women, 59%; and Hispanic or Latina women, 54%.
Its time to close that damn gender pay gap. Until we do, there is no such thing as equality no matter what any Amendment to the Constitution may proclaim. Girls are just as good as boys, and women are damn sure as good, if not better, than men, I say anything they can do, we can do better!