Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Editor's note: This article was originally published on the Bureau of Industrial Insurance Appeals' intranet and information was compiled by the BIIA's Diversity Committee and has been re-shared here with permission.

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From the 1973 Joint Resolution: “Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That August 26, 1973, is designated as ‘Women's Equality Day’, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation in commemoration of that day in 1920 on which the women of America were first guaranteed the right to vote. Approved August 16, 1973.”
From The American Presidency Project, 1973 Proclamation 4236—Women's Equality Day:

“Fifty-three years ago, on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was certified as part of our Constitution, assuring that ‘the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.’"

“The struggle for women's suffrage, however, was only the first step toward full and equal participation of women in our Nation's life. In recent years, we have made other giant strides by attacking sex discrimination through our laws and by paving new avenues to equal economic opportunity for women. Today, in virtually every sector of our society, women are making important contributions to the quality of American life.”

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18 – the number of countries where husbands can legally prevent their wives from working.

39 – the number of countries where sons and daughters do not share equal inheritance rights.

1 in 5 – women and girls have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse by a partner.

23.7% – the percentage of women representation in national parliaments.

108 – the number of years it will take to bridge the gender gap.

6 – the number of countries that give women equal work rights as men.

2.24 – the number of men for every female character in films.

47% – the percentage of the increased likelihood for women to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men.

13% – the percentage of women globally who are agricultural landholders.

40% – the percentage drop in girls getting married in childhood in Southern Asia since 2000.