Today is National Women’s Equality Day, celebrated on the 97th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. I am a strong believer in women’s equality. To be honest, I struggle to grasp how anyone who has a mother, sister, daughter, niece, wife or girlfriend could not stand up for women’s rights.
When we support women we make our homes, communities and businesses stronger. As a father, I want my daughter to grow up with every opportunity that a man will have, and as both a son to a single mother, and as a partner to a wonderful woman, I could support no legislation that brings either of them down instead of lifting them up.
Here are 3 areas where I believe we need to stand up for women’s equality:
Equal Pay - There is still a huge wage gap that needs to be closed, as women only make around 80% of what a man does when performing the same job.
Executive Leadership - Women currently only hold 26 (5.2%) of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies, which is an underrepresentation of their participation rate in the workforce as they account for nearly half of all workers.
Women’s Health - The last thing a woman needs is the government telling her what she can and can’t do when it comes to the care of her body. I trust women to make the decisions that are right for themselves when it comes to their own health.
Let’s make women’s equality issues a staple in our lives everyday, not just a talking point on special occasions.