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Please Join Us in Recognizing National Women’s Equality Day

Please Join Us in Recognizing National Women’s Equality Day

We’d like to invite you to learn more about gender parity on National Women’s Equality Day.

In 1971, August 23rd was declared Women’s Equality Day by U.S. Congress.  This day was selected to commemorate the passing of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.  The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.  Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate in Women’s Equality Day programs by offering displays, video showings, and other activities.

Why is there a National Women’s Equality Day?  Isn’t this irrelevant in 2018?  Here are some facts.

  • Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings.
  • African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man.
  • 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world.
  • Every year, an estimated 15 million girls under 18 are married worldwide, with little or no say in the matter.
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is still performed.  More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.  FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
  • 4 out of 5 victims of human trafficking are girls.


To commemorate National Women’s Equality Day, we’d like to invite you to reflect with us on these quotes about gender equality.

“I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.”– Maya Angelou

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”– Gloria Steinem

“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”– Kofi Annan

“Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.”– Ban Ki-Moon

“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”– Hillary Clinton

“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”– B.R. Ambedkar

“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”– Audre Lorde

“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.”– Mary Shelley

“I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with.”– Evita Peron

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”– Susan B. Anthony

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate National Women’s Equality Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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