Women’s equality day was on the 26th, and this day is one that I hold dear, but also have many feelings about. According to the National Women’s History Alliance, this day is celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.
While I for one, proudly exercise my right to vote, as a woman, and a woman of color I acknowledge that I was not considered in the first adoption of this law. While I support the Women’s Movement, the origins of this movement did not include women of color, despite us also yearning for these freedoms.
Also, in 2022, we still as women, have many things that we fight for including, equal pay, the right to safe and affordable healthcare, the ability to be in leadership positions, the protection from workplace harassment, and the list goes on. We have seen in the last year or so, that women have been fighting hard for rights that are not given freely. For one, birth care and childcare in America are not up to the standards of other leading nations. Many of these services in the states are extremely expensive and left to the mother or father of the child to pay for. Childcare is often not adequate and another burden for many mothers in the United States.
Not only that, but it is shown that women not only work full-time jobs but also tend to the needs of the home and family, leaving them exhausted and overworked. It begs the question, how much farther do we still need to go?
After wondering about this for some time, I sought answers from other women like myself. Here is a list of what needs to improve in the United States to truly achieve equality:
To feel protected against harassment, and unwanted advantages
Access to healthcare and autonomy of one’s body and choices
Free menstrual products and advocates for menstrual health awareness
Support for women who are birthing and have children
What are some things we should improve on to achieve equality? Let us know in the comments.