National Women’s Equality Day 2021, with Rita Evans and Mary Ledbetter (North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 383)
Rita Evans and Mary Ledbetter joined host John Ray on North Fulton Business Radio to celebrate National Women’s Equality Day 2021. This date is celebrated on August 26th to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing women the right to vote. It’s also a day to consider other areas in which women continue to face obstacles, and Rita and Mary discussed some of those issues, particularly as it relates to corporate diversity, the workplace, and entrepreneurship. North Fulton Business Radio is broadcast from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta.
National Women’s Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, commemorates the struggles of women to be heard, as fierce advocates who gained the statutory right to vote. Also, known as women’s suffrage, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guarantees all American women the right to vote. The Amendment changed Federal law and the face of the American electorate forever. Women won legal recognition as equal citizens under the 19th Amendment. While women in some states could already vote before 1920, women in some states—particularly those of color—were blocked from voting after ratification.
Additionally, the voting rights of Native American women were not recognized until 1924. For Chinese American women, it was 1943, and for Japanese and other Asian American women it was 1952.
While African American women were quite active in the women’s suffrage movement of the early 19th century, they remained barred from voting for decades after their white counterparts. It wasn’t until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, that African American women were granted the right to vote.
Women’s Equality Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the continuing struggle for equality in the workplace and the role of women in our public life. Women in public service and government have long served this nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas, and change people’s attitudes. (Department of Defense Education Activity)
38 Agree for Georgia
Mission Statement: The ERA Coalition and 38 Agree for Georgia shall work to facilitate the passage of the ERA in the State of Georgia. As a non-partisan organization, we shall seek support from all citizens of Georgia while we work to gain equal protection for every person.
It is past time for Georgians to ratify the ERA. As part of the Three State Strategy, the Nevada Legislature passed ERA legislation in March 2017. The Illinois Legislature ratified the ERA in March 2018. Virginia ratified the ERA in January 2019. Georgia should carry on and ratify. It is our duty to accomplish this place in history.
The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in 1923 and was originally written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification. Passage fell short of the required 38 states with just 35 states ratifying the amendment.
To get involved, text “I want to help 38 Agree” to 770-633-1544.
Rita Evans and Mary Ledbetter
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