Today on Thursday, August 26th, we invite you to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. This day commemorates the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment “prohibited both states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to US citizens based on sex.”
The Battle for Women's Equality
Although women’s equality was put into law in 1920, the battle fought to reach that point was a long one. The history traces back to 1848 in Seneca Falls, and some would argue that the battle for women's equality continues to this day. As we celebrate this historic day, we invite everyone to recognize that inclusion of all adds to our world and our lives. Equality does not merely mean having representation. Beyond that, it is affording equal opportunities and power to all that are represented. In pursuing equality for all, we can enhance our world, ensure all are seen and confirm that all of us matter.
Even with this win, there is still work to be done. Women’s small business owners represent about 40% of US businesses but only account for about 50% of the annual revenue vs. businesses owned by men. Women-owned businesses are valuable for many reasons. When you support women-owned businesses, you invest in women's economic empowerment, gender parity in commerce, vibrant communities, and the growth of the economy overall.
Celebrating Women Today and Every Day
Women’s Equality Day was designated in 1971 by US Congress, and to this day, acts as a reminder of those who fought for the voices we have today. To honor the history of this day, we invite you to celebrate with patronage to a women’s small business near you.
To learn more about the history of this day visit the National Women's History Alliance Page here.
To find resources related to Women’s Equality Day follow this link here.
About the author
Alyssa Pizarro is the Strategic Partner & Diversity Officer at Business Impact NW. Alyssa is responsible for the organization’s relationships and diversity focus. Before this, Alyssa served as the Corporate Giving Officer at Business Impact NW for a year and a half. Alyssa’s previous nonprofit experience was in the Development Department at Yoga Behind Bars, from career beginnings as a 10-year fashion sales manager and director in New York before moving to Seattle in 2013. Alyssa has combined her passion for social justice and community engagement with her corporate experience to culminate in her current role at Business Impact NW. She completed one year of her MBA at Northeastern University and has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, with a double major in Anthropology & Women’s Studies. Alyssa is also a yoga instructor, a pup-mom, a forever-learner, and a fair-weather jogger.