The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, went into effect August 26, 1920. In 1971, this important date became known as Women’s Equality Day, and this day is all about continuing the fight for women’s rights. Fans of feminism and Girl Power, check out ways to take action below!
+ One Billion Rising
One out of every three women is physically harmed or sexually assaulted in her lifetime. One Billion Rising is encouraging women (and men!) around the world to stand up and show that this sort of treatment is so not OK. On February 14, celebs rose to support women, and you can continue to do so with 1BR each day of the year.
+ Malala Fund
American girls can go to public schools, but in many parts of the world girls lack access to education. This could be because school is too expensive for parents, or too far away, or because their society doesn’t believe girls need to be educated. But Malala knows what she’s talking about — when a girl is educated, opportunities open up. You can help give girls the right start with The Malala Fund.
+ Equal Pay Today!
Do you know there are still many instances in which a man and woman both do the same job, but the guy gets paid better? On average, a woman gets 77 cents for each dollar a man is paid. Just earlier this month Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed an equal pay bill, showing that the struggle for equal pay is still raging. Even Kroger and Macy’s lobbied against equal pay. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups have come together to create the Equal Pay Today! campaign.
+ Draw the Line
Not only do women sometimes have to fight to get paid the same as their male coworkers, but there have also been increasing attacks on their reproductive rights in recent years. Birth control only for the rich? Women’s clinics closed? Forced vaginal ultrasounds? Yikes! That’s why Draw the Line is saying we’ve got to do exactly that — draw the line and let people know women should make their own decisions about their bodies — without stigma, shame or other people trying to take away medical access.
Support Malala's Fund
Learn more about Malala with this NY Times video and consider donating to her fund.
Draw The Line
Draw the Line: Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights to fight against attacks made on a woman’s fundamental and constitutional rights.