The thought of a woman being arrested for voting is barbaric in today’s culture, but it wasn’t that long ago that women didn’t have the right to vote in the United States. Less than a hundred years ago, the mindset of the time period set women below men, which produced male dominated politics and workplace leadership. Not to say there were no women leaders, but the few that there were met opposition, challenges, and disrespect that we can only imagine today.
On August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment was added to the constitution allowing women to vote. Now, the date marks a national observance celebrating women’s equality in the United States. You can learn more about the history and significance here. This event has led to a political, economic, and cultural shift for women resulting in many opportunities previously unattainable.
We’ve come a long way since that monumental decision was made by Congress and it is as evident in the workplace than anywhere else. In fact, there are currently 31 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Government-mandated employment policies are in place that strive for women to have the same resources and opportunities as their male counterparts.
That said, the concept of the “glass ceiling” is very real and women still have a difficult road ahead to be truly “equal” in many regards. For example, men still dominate certain workforce industries, like politics, and equal pay for men and women has not been realized. Even among teammates, it’s common for women’s ideas to get shot down before their complete thought has been communicated, while men rarely struggle with the same issue. So what can we do about it?
In celebration of women’s equality day, share the history of Women’s Equality Day with your co-workers. Moderate a group discussion about the significance of the 19th amendment and how it has paved the way for women in the workforce. Brainstorm with your team the areas in which your company promotes women’s equality and things you can do to improve equality and diversity for everyone.
Share your conversation starters, discussions, and brainstorms with us! We’d love to hear from you.