Photo and article by Ramona du Houx
In 1920 the 19th Amendment was certified to guarantee the right to vote for women. Today, we celebrate Women's Equality Day in honor of that milestone.
"As the oldest of three sisters, I know how much it meant to me to have parents, teachers, and mentors who taught me to work hard and follow my dreams. On Women's Equality Day, I am thankful that they also taught me to always stand up for equality for women, and those values drive so much of the work I do," said former majority leader of the Maine House and State Senator Emily Cain.
"Today is a day where we celebrate how far we've come and how much farther we have to go to achieve equality for all women in our state, country, and around the world. More women engaged in government, education, business, and healthcare mean better outcomes for families and communities," added Cain, who is now running for the 2nd district's congressional seat.
We still have a long road ahead. We need finally achieve equal pay for equal work. In the spirit of those women who protested and organized for a fundamental right nearly a century ago, we can and must do more to ensure equality for all women.
“That means equal pay for equal work, and it means freedom in reproductive health choices. It also means that working women (and men) should have a right to paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody should have to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick child or parent,” said President Barack Obama.
“When I was a child, my grandmother became one of the first female bank vice presidents in Hawaii. She was a pioneer. And today we're seeing more and more firsts. Women are Army Rangers. They're NFL coaches, and referees. And the 114th Congress includes more than 100 women for the very first time.
“That's visible progress, and it's worth celebrating. But I refuse to stop fighting now -- for the sake of my daughters and yours, we must do better to make sure women are respected and treated equally.”