All of Us Should Care About Women's Equality Day

The waiting game. It's something that many have become all too familiar with or even expect. Whether it's watching Loretta Lynch become the first African-American woman to hold the U.S. Attorney General's Office, or the "wow" factor in seeing rainbow hues across the White House following the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling - the wait can often lead to a monumental outcome.

August 26 is Women's Equality Day, marking nearly 100 years since the passage of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. The amendment passed in 1920, but was drafted in 1878 - more than 40 years before it was ratified. It took even longer to include all women when factoring in the Civil Rights movement. While Women's Equality Day celebrates the right to vote, it goes beyond casting a ballot and a single day. Some could argue that the appointment of Attorney General Lynch and the nation's highest court decision on same-sex unions may not have happened had it not been for groundbreaking movements like women's suffrage.

Women's Equality Day celebrates a level playing field for all. This includes equal pay. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), women won't reach pay parity with men until 2058. Salaries gaps are even wider with minority groups. Although waiting on this front also seems inevitable, there's much to applaud. Today, there are more women in college than men. Recent U.S. Labor Department statistics show that the Hispanic community is also emerging in the workforce. Plus, many corporations have implemented diversity and inclusion programs providing them a larger pool of ideas and experiences from various walks of life.

Women's Equality Day doesn't mean equality for certain groups and inequality for others. There's power in numbers and it's essential for all of us to back one another in removing hurdles - a larger support system could mean a shorter wait.

Melody Bostic Brown is the Content Integration Director at Wyndham Vacation Ownership. She is also the Communications Co-Chair for the Orlando chapter of the Florida Diversity Council.

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