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What is Women’s Equality Day?

Women in the United States earned the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed on August 26, 1920.  This is why today is known as Women’s Equality Day.  Its almost been 100 years since women’s suffrage so its somewhat understandable that so many of us take our right to vote for granted. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, Fairygodboss is going to take a short break from issues that corporations can improve for women, and focus on the organizations who take on the political issues that matter to women.

Because there are so many different groups out there doing great work, the following groups were selected based on the practical criteria that they make it both easy to view a wide range of pending policy initiatives and also take concrete actions directly from their websites: 

  • National Women’s Law Center – aggregates a list of online actions where you can click your way to making your preferences known to your elected representation on a number of pending legislative proposals (e.g. Schedules That Work Act, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Women’s Health Protection Act)
  • Emily’s List – Actively supports Democratic, pro-choice women running for political office by allowing you view and donate to their respective campaigns here
  • Mom’s Rising – Supports a number of policies that matter to mothers (e.g. maternity and paternity leave, open, flexible work, and paid sick leave, among others).  The site compiles the relevant pending legislation and allows you to submit forms of support to your local representatives here
  • Women in Public Service Project – An international project with a mission to train and build a generation of female leaders working in the public service sector.  You can donate or sign up to be a mentor or partner organization here

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