August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. It has been said that women can do whatever men can do, but the history of the struggle for equality has shown that women sometimes have more to prove to be seen as equals. There have been a lot of accomplishments for Women’s rights during the last century. One of the most important, women’s right to vote, was granted in the United States in 1920. Since then, great strides have continued towards equality.
While the quality of life has improved, there are still some modern-day opportunities for equality. For example, on average, women earn one-third less than men when doing the same job. Equality in compensation may even take an act of Congress. In which case, the current female representation may be inadequate to turn this around any time soon as there are only 104 women in the House of Representatives out of 535 seats, for a 19.4% share. In the Senate, there are 20 women senators, for a 20% share.
There is a lot more to women’s equality than just legislated equal compensation. There are issues of social and cultural differences between men and women and instances of sexism. Equal opportunities as well as stereotypes still persist, too. When it comes to education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is a field which is sorely biased in favor of males. There are not enough women who enroll in STEM courses in college. Many believe that this has its roots in how women are treated at home, and in the stereotypes which are taught to them from an early age.
Equality is a continuing struggle, but it’s worth the uphill battle. From all of us at Erase Repair, keep on fighting the good fight.