Women still get just 83 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and men continue to dominate the top roles and highest paying professions. Additionally, though more than 60% of college graduates are women, they face barriers and biases throughout their schooling. From a young age girls and women are unconsciously steered into certain fields of studies and away from more lucrative ones.
HISTORY OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. 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.
Our founder and CEO, Suzan Hernandez, is actually a first generation graduate (she is the first in her family to graduate college). Not only that, but she went on to earn her Master’s degree. She witnessed first hand the challenge it takes to overcome being a first- but also the power that education had to lift up whole families and future generations. Empowerment through education and advocacy has the potential to be an equalizer providing opportunities for women through increased earning potential, equality and representation.
WE PROUDLY SUPPORT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN
Our stance on women’s self determination had guided us towards proudly supporting the work of the American Association of University Women. We are proud to introduce our new collection: Empowering Women.
This non-profit organization focuses on three main areas: Economic Security, Education, and Advocacy/Leadership. They offer a scholarship program, training and advocacy work in 50 states including Guam and Puerto Rico. They’re one of the largest scholarship programs for women in the world.
American Association of University Women work on local, state and federal levels to support laws and policies that enable women’s success.
Our Empowering Women collection celebrates the strong women of history, who have paved the way for us. Be a part of the change today.