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Wed Aug 26, 2015, 07:42 PM Aug 2015

On our 95th Women's Equality Day, women are still waiting for equal treatment [View all]

On our 95th Women's Equality Day, women are still waiting for equal treatment

We should celebrate the anniversary of women getting the right to vote, but there’s still work to be done.

(ah, yes, perfect image--man talking, woman listening with rapt expression)

Today is Women’s Equality Day, marking the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. While that—and the progress we’ve made over the past century—is certainly something to celebrate, it’s still a bit premature to start calling things “equal.”

Here, five sobering facts about women’s equality, or lack thereof, to mark the occasion.

1. Women make up just 20% of the Senate and 19% of Congress

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“Since 1920, women have sort of been fighting to make the vote real,” says Heidi Hartmann, the founder and president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). “When women only make up 20% in the senate and a little less in the house, and we haven’t had very many women governors, and there’s no state legislature where women are the majority…you wouldn’t really feel that all of what women of the era expected from the women’s vote has come to pass.”

2. Women account for only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs

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Within Fortune 500 companies, women hold just 16.9% of board seats and 5.2% of CEO positions, according to the Pew Research Center. Why are more women in top positions in politics than they are in business? “It might be in some ways that access to political office has been a little bit easier than navigating that corporate pipeline,” says Kim Parker, director of social trends research at Pew. “Not that it has been easy, but there are more access points for women to get into politics.”

3. The wage gap won’t close until 2058

The wage gap between men and women has been slowly closing through the last century, yet progress seems to have stalled. Between 2001 and 2013, the gap only narrowed by two percentage points, from 76.3 to 78.3, according to IWPR’s Status of Women in the States 2015 report. At this rate, it won’t completely close until 2058.
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4. Five States received an “F” grade on women’s equality

Gender equality across the U.S. is anything but equal. The Status of Women in 2015 looked across all 50 states to determine the best and worst states for women. Considerations included job opportunities, overall health of women, and childcare options. Top honors went to Minnesota, followed by a tie betwen Connecticut and Massachusetts. Five states received failing “F” grades: West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Idaho.

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happy womens equality day.... seabeyond Aug 2015 #1
excellent niyad Aug 2015 #2
k&r prayin4rain Aug 2015 #3
Only 8 recs??? beam me up scottie Aug 2015 #4
sadly, this is not in the least surprising. niyad Aug 2015 #5
Beamie, I never even saw it yesterday! Good threads are dropping like stones! countryjake Aug 2015 #7
K&R Solly Mack Aug 2015 #6
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