I just discovered that Saturday, August 26, was Women’s Equality Day (at least in the United States), because 97 years ago on that date, the 19th Amendment to our Constitution was adopted, which gave women the right to vote. Yay us.
Of course, some would argue that it takes more than the right to vote to constitute equality — you know, like equal pay for equal work, or an equal chance to be hired for (or elected to) a job you’re qualified for…stuff like that.
According to Wikipedia, the President of the United States has to declare this holiday every year. Why? Why not just set it at August 26 in perpetuity and be done with it? Especially in cases like this year, where it’s actually kind of surprising that this President actually declared it. He might not have, and then where would we be?
Answer: Sadly, as unequal as we are now.
But I don’t want you, my readers, to be pessimistic about this. I see women’s equality as a work in progress (although maybe you would think after 97 years, we would have made greater progress than this), but nevertheless, we must not give up. We have come a long way, but there is still a ways to go. We can do it!