It’s been kind of a weird week, which is why I’ve been so neglectful. I’m so ashamed.
But I wanted to pop in wish everyone a glorious Women’s Equality Day! It’s the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which gives women the right to vote. And it only took 72 years!
If only that was the end of it. But alas, women are still far from equal. We only get paid 81 cents on the dollar on average, reproductive rights are under constant attack and violence against women is still not taken seriously. (Here are just a few recent examples from Microaggressions.)
Unfortunately, too many people actually believe that women have achieved full equality with men. Admittedly, there is only so much the law can do. But the law can set a powerful example. However, even the law isn’t always a haven. For example, equal pay laws are subverted by the Supreme Court. (But really, should we have expected any different when one of the most persuasive Supreme Court Justices doesn’t think women are protected by the Constitution?) Furthermore, the United States is one of seven nations (including Somalia and Iran) that has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). If there is really nothing else to be done to gain equality in the US, then why not ratify?
The answer, of course, is that we women still have a fight on our hands. If you’re in the US, you can write to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to demand that they get their butts in gear and ratify the treaty, already! People only notice a squeaky wheel, so it’s time to make a little more noise.
Image credit: UN Women