I don't know what it says about our Country that Women's Equality Day passes with such little fanfare. Today, however, marks the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the end of the long battle to secure Women the right to vote. As we observe Women's Equality Day today and look back nearly 40 years ago when Bella Abzug established it, let's look not only at how far our society has come, but let's look at the work we still have to do.
When I think about my two teen aged daughters’ futures I don't have worries about them being able to compete for jobs, get an education or prepare for their future due to gender, though there’s still work to do on women’s pay being equal to their male counterparts. What I worry about most though are the new 'Women's Issues' that really aren't new at all.
When polled, the issues that women seem overwhelmingly concerned about now are the war, health care, funding of education, access to adequate childcare, economic development and poverty. These are women's issues. These are family issues. They have become one in the same.
The right thinks they own family values. They don't because they have done nothing to bring these real family issues I listed to the forefront and find solutions addressing the concerns of families. As a Christian, I know in my heart that our faith compels us to address these important issues. We must strive for peace, take care of our children, allow folks to have opportunity to take care of themselves and build a life, and we must take care of the less fortunate, in particular our elderly and realize it is immoral to leave those who have made our Country great in poverty.
So this Women's Equality Day, let's take the legacy of those brave souls who came together in Seneca Falls more than 150 years ago and move ahead on today's women's issues and remember why they assembled in the first place. They assembled to bring voting rights and too many of us, men and women, have been taking that right for granted.
We have to remember what we are capable of doing in this Country when work together and put our will behind something. For my daughters and for the sons and daughters of us all, let's bring our Country together and solve the issues that are issues for us all. Let's take our Country back!