EQUALITY DAY – August 26
August 26th is the anniversary of national woman’s suffrage. Across the seventy-two years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all over the nation, lobbied political organizations, and held demonstrations with the goal of achieving voting rights for women.
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Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that women’s bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day devoted to acknowledging the past accomplishments of female athletes and recognizing current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. Since then, the celebration has extended into the entire month of March. For more information, click here.
Annually on March 8, a global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
Equal Pay day symbolizes this gap by marking the day when women’s salary finally catch up to what men earned the year before. Women are paid on average 23 percent less than men. According to a study conducted by AAUW, Behind the Pay Gap examines the gender pay gap for college graduates. One year out of college, women working full time earn only 80 percent as much as their male colleagues earn. Ten years after graduation, women fall farther behind, earning only 69 percent as much as men earn. Controlling for hours, occupation, parenthood, and other factors normally associated with pay, college-educated women still earn less than their male peers earn.
Recommended for girls and boys ages 8-18. Always on the fourth Thursday in April, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day® program focuses on the competing challenges adults face integrating work and family. It is designed to allow parents, guardians, and mentors to share their work lives and introduce these issues to our nation’s daughters and sons.
As our society becomes more diverse, and as women assume greater leadership in society, individuals educated in the critical theories and methods of Women’s Studies have highly marketable skills. To learn more about Women’s Studies at TCU, click here.