Women fought for 80 years to gain the vote. Finally, in 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified to do just that. Previously, white male lawmakers had created laws that reinforced the perception that women were the property of their husbands rather than individuals with rights, which included the right to participate in government.
Unfortunately, the movement that demanded a voice in politics was not always inclusive. Black women played instrumental roles, but the campaigns that received the most attention and support from legislators were primarily led by and for white middle-class women. Racism and classism still remain significant barriers to a cohesive feminist movement.
Women today — particularly women of color — earn less outside the home and have more child-care responsibilities than men. Women are also more likely to live in poverty and to have less access to reliable transportation. Women are more likely than men to face barriers to voting.
Against these odds, women still turn out to vote at higher numbers than men.
Women in Government
Women make up 51% of the U.S. population, but are significantly underrepresented in local, state, and national government offices. The U.S. holds the ranking of 75th worldwide in terms of women’s representation in national office.
Recent years have seen an increase in women running for office at all levels, but women still represent a small percentage of candidates and a lower percentage of campaign funding than their male counterparts. Even among the women who do hold office, women of color remain underrepresented. Read More »
Women and Public Policy
Public policy needs for women are drastically different than for men. Women have had to fight with persistence for equality and equity Giving everyone what they need to be successful (Equality is treating everyone the same). Read More »