Women's Equality Day: Gender Inequalities that Still Exist Today in the U.S.

Women's Equality Day: Gender Inequalities that Still Exist Today in the U.S.


Aug 25, 2016

On August 26, 1920, American women were granted the right to vote.  

To celebrate the achievements of women and to further promote gender equality, each year the President of the United States declares August 26 as Women's Equality Day.

In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said:

"Women's equality is a core civil and human rights principle in the United States and around the world. Across America, women are contributing to our economy and our Nation in innovative and exciting ways. From businesses to battlefields, women are vital to the prosperity and security of our country. As we celebrate the last 95 years of progress in advancing women's rights, let us rededicate ourselves to the idea that our Nation is not yet complete: there is still work to do to secure the blessings of our country for every American daughter."

While significant achievements for women's rights have been made, women continue to fight for equality today.

Here are six fact facts about gender inequality in the United States:

1. In 2015, women make 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. (White House)

2. For every dollar made by a father with children under the age of 18, mothers earn 74.7 cents. (Department of Labor)

3. African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. (White House)

4. Women currently hold 23 (4.6 percent of) CEO positions at S&P 500 companies. (Catalyst)

5. By 2018, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the U.S. and, at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science, only 61 percent of those openings will be filled — and women will fill just 29 percent. (Microsoft Research)

6. 26 percent of people employed in computer and mathematical occupations are women. (Department of Labor)

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