“On Women's Equality Day, we celebrate the progress that has been made, and renew our commitment to securing equal rights, freedoms, and opportunities everywhere.” —President Obama 8/23/13
Today, Women’s Equality Day marks the 93rd anniversary of women’s suffrage. Nearly a century after women finally won the right to vote after decades of organizing, we can take stock of the many advances that we have made. But as President Obama said, we must also renew our commitment to securing equal rights for all, and recognize there is still more work to do.
Even with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act now in place, women are still making an average of 77 cents to every dollar earned by men, despite the reality that women are now the primary breadwinners in over 60 percent of American households. Efforts to roll back women’s rights and their ability to control their own health decisions are sweeping the country. In the first half of 2013 alone, more than 24 anti-choice bills became law in 15 different states. Even as we celebrate the right to vote, many states are embarking on efforts to curb those rights.
That’s why OFA is launching our Stand with Women campaign—because as far as we’ve come, we still have work to do before women achieve full equality. Next month, we'll be kicking off an initiative to promote the policy solutions to the challenges women are facing today.
Together we'll fight for better access to affordable health care for women and their right to make their own personal health decisions, and for legislation that builds economic security for women and their families. We’ll foster a conversation about what it will take for women to overcome the hurdles keeping them out of leadership positions.
Keep the momentum moving forward. On Women’s Equality Day, pledge to stand with women—and help build a better bargain for women and our families, now and in the future.