Thursday, August 26, 2010

Take Action for Women's Equality Day (August 26)!

Suffrage Pageant, 1913
In the United States, August 26th is recognized as Women's Equality Day to commemorate the full voting rights given to women when the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. This year we mark the 90th year of full voting rights for women and take this opportunity to focus on the inequities that remain.

Take Action Now!

On Women's Equality Day this year, 9to5: The National Association of Working Women, PathWays PA, and The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces are inviting its members, activists, volunteers, allies and others to speak out, raise awareness, and take action for our paid sick days campaign.

Celebrate Women's Equality!

Nearly 40 million private sector employees have no access to earned sick days, including a high proportion of women. According to a survey released in June 2010, while 71 percent of men surveyed reported having paid sick days, only 57 percent of women earned the same benefit. Low-wage workers and workers in female-dominated fields like childcare and food service are far less likely to have access to earned sick days.

There are three ways that you can take action:
Sign our petition in support of earned sick days.
Write a letter to your legislators letting them know how important earned sick days are to you.
Write a letter to the editor (with our easy new letter-writing software) talking about the difference earned sick days can make.

Thank you for taking the time to make a difference and for celebrating Women's Equality Day!

image courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Suffrage_pageant_Washington_1913.jpg

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