Today is Women's Equality Day -- the 97th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
While this is a chance for us to reflect on and celebrate the hard work that made that milestone possible, it's important to acknowledge how far we still have to go to ensure true equality for all women.
We've come a long way -- but there's still work to do. Even at the time of its passage, the 19th amendment left out many women of color. And today, there are still many areas in which women are not truly treated equally.
On average, full-time working women are still earning less than their male counterparts, and that gap is even wider when race and ethnicity are taken into account. Too many women face barriers while trying to access reproductive health care. Just last month, congressional leaders pushed for an Obamacare repeal bill that would have slashed Medicaid and defunded Planned Parenthood, making it significantly more difficult and costly for millions of women to access critical health care services.
That's why it's crucial that we keep working -- that we keep defending Obamacare, pushing for equal pay for equal work, and making sure that no mom (or dad) has to decide between collecting a paycheck and caring for a sick family member.
If you're ready to keep fighting, add your name now.
This administration is going to keep threatening our progress. We can't give up our fight for a fair country where women are respected and treated equally.
So today, recommit to continuing the fight for equality.
National Organizing Director
Organizing for Action
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