Women’s Equality DayBy Susanna W. Mon, August 26, 2019
Since 1971, Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated in the United States on August 26. This date was chosen to commemorate both the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote in 1920 and a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights which took place on that same date in 1970.
Since the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it has been illegal in the United States to pay men and women working in the same place different salaries for similar work. Despite this law, a gender wage gap still exists. Women continue to advocate for pay equality, recently and most notably playing out on the on the field of international women’s soccer.
Stay cool on a hot summer's day by watching some of these exceptional films that highlight the struggles of women to achieve equality.
The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S.—Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines. A woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit.
The powerful story of the women who waged war for social and economic equality in the late nineteenth century, ultimately wining voting rights for all women.
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