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How Far We've Come!


March is Women’s History Month. This month, we honor and celebrate the contributions of women in history and today. At Blackburn Center, we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Women’s History Month than to highlight a few of the major accomplishments women have made in the fight for gender equality.

Voting

The Nineteenth Amendment, which granted American women suffrage, or the right to vote, was a colossal accomplishment of the women’s rights movement. Women’s suffrage gained traction in the United States after the national development of the women’s rights movement in the mid-1800s. For nearly 70 years, abolitionists and activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony fought to ensure that no American woman could be turned away at the voting polls on the basis of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920. However, while this was an important milestone in the women’s movement, not all women gained the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. It was not until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that all women — including Black women, Native American women, Asian women, and Latinx women — were guaranteed the right to vote throughout the United States.

Education and Sports

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was another major achievement of the women’s rights movement. The law states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Edith Green, who served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, was a sponsor and driving force behind Title IX. Title IX has since provided opportunities for women in athletics as well as higher education. Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in education as a whole, and protects students from discrimination based on sex, gender identity or gender expression. It also mandates that colleges and universities appropriately handle complaints of sexual violence, harassment and discrimination, and provides a basis for filing complaints against schools for failing to do so.

Equal Pay

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Gender-based Violence)

These monumental accomplishments are not only a testament to the contributions of women in history toward gender equality, but they can also serve as a source of inspiration to us all. From Susan B. Anthony to Winifred C. Stanley, women have observed the injustices of gender inequality firsthand and worked to change the world around them for the better. By supporting projects, organizations, and centers that aim to bring an end to gender inequality, you too can be part of that change.

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