Women's Equality Day
Today is Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates the 99th anniversary of when American women finally won the right to vote in 1920.
From Time Magazine: "That victory came after decades of activism by suffrage activists like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. The 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919, and was ratified by the states in 1920.”
Ninety-nine years later, women are voting more than men but hold political office in much smaller numbers.
According to Catalyst.com, today there are a record number of women in Congress but even there is a significant imbalance.
—In the House of Representatives, women hold 102 (23.4%) of the 435 seats (89 Democratic, 13 Republican)
— In the Senate, women hold 25 (25%) of the 100 seats (17 Democratic, 8 Republican)
Highlights for women in politics:
In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was the first woman elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 2019, she was elected to serve for a second time.
In 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman nominated by a major party for President of the United States.
More women of color are serving in the House of Representatives than ever before.
Women are winning Mayoral elections more often.
Despite gains, the US ranks 75th globally (out of 193 countries) in women’s representation in government.