The Continued Fight for Equality: Women’s Equality Day and the Equal Rights Amendment
August 26th is an important day in the history of women’s rights and for members of BPW - it is Women’s Equality Day and the day in 1930 that the International Federation of Business and Professional Women was officially founded (BPW Day, #BPWDay)! In the USA, this coincides with the commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. The day is significant as it serves as a reminder of the progress made in the fight for gender equality over the years and highlights the work that continues. It serves an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women who have contributed immensely to the advancement of women’s rights. On this day, we at NFBPWC honor the women who had the courage and conviction to be the founders of BPW. For over a century in the USA, and 93 years internationally, we at BPW continue to be a beacon of light for women around the world.
At the NFBPWC the Equal Rights Amendment stands “first and foremost above all other items of the advocacy platform until Equal Rights have been guaranteed in the United States Constitution” (https://www.nfbpwc.org/Policy-Advocacy). The ERA was first proposed in 1923, and it was a trailblazing move that sought to ensure that gender equality would be protected and recognized under the law. The passage of the ERA will have immense implications on women’s rights protections, particularly in areas such as equal pay, workplace discrimination, reproductive rights, and domestic violence. It will be a powerful tool in promoting equitable policies and practices that ensure everyone, regardless of gender identity, is treated with fairness and dignity.
As we reflect on the significance of Women's Equality Day, BPW Day, and the importance of the ERA, we are reminded of how far we have come in the fight for gender equality. However, we must also acknowledge the work still to be done and commit ourselves to the fight for equal rights for all. It is imperative to honor the legacy of the powerful women who have paved the way for us and do our part to ensure that no one is left behind. As NFBPWC and individual members, we have a responsibility to uphold the principles of equality and non-discrimination. Whether through volunteering, advocacy, or simply speaking up against injustice, we all have a role to play in the fight for equality. The ERA, BPW Day, and Women's Equality Day are symbols of hope, progress, and determination in the face of adversity, and together, we can create a world where all women are empowered, valued, and respected.
At NFBPWC we continue to grow and thrive because we are working towards a more equitable world. We would like to take this moment to welcome our newest NFBPWC Affiliate, NFBPWC Washington State! The work that Washington State Business and Professional Women has done for over 100 years to empower women personally, professionally, and politically is phenomenal. The leadership at NFBPWC is thrilled to welcome the first 15 members from Washington State into the fold of national and international membership and look forward to your participation!
Please remember, you have an opportunity to provide constructive input and to find your own unique path in this organization. Here is a link to our online Advocacy Platform, https://www.nfbpwc.org/Policy-Advocacy, review it and find an issue resonates with you. This is a chance to develop your potential, and that of NFBPWC, in a safe and welcoming space. Please continue to bring your ideas, projects, and your own light forward. Let us celebrate our successes as individuals and as an organization!
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