Women Who Fought for Our Equality

Women Who Fought for Our Equality


Aug 26, 2016

August 26 marks 1920's ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. In 1971, Congress declared the date Women's Equality Day.

Take a look at the gallery above to learn more about the women who have fought for equality, and how far we've come since.

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Tammy Baldwin | "When I get the opportunities to join with the 19 other women on the Senate, we just kind of go at things differently. It's less ego and it's more, 'How are we going to get this done? And if we share an objective, how are we going to help each other out?" In recent months, Senator Baldwin co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, Minimum Wage Fairness Act, and Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014. 
Brenda Berkman | In 1977, Brenda Berkman was part of the first class of female firefighters allowed in the FDNY. She withstood bullying and rose through the ranks to eventually become captain. 
Susan Brownmiller | Susan Brownmiller wrote "Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape" in 1975, helping to modernize attitudes towards rape. She started a nationwide conversation, one that we need to keep going when in America, 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted. "The most groundbreaking idea was that a rapist was not an unusual person," she told MAKERS. "I said, rape is nothing more or less than a process of conscious intimidation to keep women in a state of fear."
Aileen Hernandez | Aileen Hernandez served as vice president when the National Organization for Women (NOW) was first founded, and she served as president from 1970 to 1971. 
Aileen Hernandez (continued) | Under Aileen Hernandez's leadership, the National Organization for Women organized the Strike for Equality, during which 50,000 women marched down Fifth Avenue in support of the women's movement and equal rights.
Lily Ledbetter | Lily Ledbetter worked as a manager at Goodyear. In 1996, she was given the top performance award for her record at work. But she was stunned to learn she was getting paid 40 percent less than her male coworkers. In 2003, she took her case to federal court. The case made its way to the SCOTUS, where the court ruled in favor of Goodyear, saying she'd missed the timeframe during which she could file a discrimination suite. In 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, allowing employees to sue up to 180 days after receiving a discriminatory paycheck. Here she stands behind President Obama as he signs the legislation.
Sarah Weddington | "Having a law that made abortion illegal didn't mean there was no abortion, it just meant that abortion was not safe." At 26, Sarah Weddington successfully argued the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. "Here we are, 38 and a half years later, and it's still one of the most important, most talked-about issues of American life."
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