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A message about Women’s Equality Day by Kimberly Olson

Grace After Fire and Vision 2020:
A message about Women’s Equality Day

by Kim Olson

On August 26, 1920 (92 years ago) women’s right-to-vote became law with ratification of the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, “Equality Day” is tucked away in the caboose of the August calendar, diminishing its chances of competing for attention with vacations and back-to-school sales.

And have we actually achieved equality? When the sun goes down today, the distance between men’s and women’s access to significant decision-making will remain.  The gap continues.  We’re talking Grand Canyon dimensions here.

Vision 2020 has given itself eight more years to do something about that.

Vision 2020 is a nationwide assembly of women—and men—who believe that it’s just solid sense for men and women to begin sharing leadership in all parts of American life, so that an unprecedented dimension of positive change can emerge.

With its eye on Aug. 26, 2020, the centennial of the women’s suffrage, Vision 2020 is working with women and men in all 50 states to play catch-up in areas of economic and social equality that have been glaringly neglected.

We seek no rivalry with men, only cooperation; no political edge in Washington, only participation; no retreat from obligation, only a fair shot at opportunity.

Today, as our country celebrates the legacy of those women who fought hard for the right to have their voices heard, the responsibility – and the privilege — is ours to continue their work.

Vision 2020’s campaign, She Rocks the Vote, created in partnership with Rock the Vote, one of our 50 national allies, is a simple way to get started by registering to vote.

In the last Presidential election, only 73 percent of women were registered to vote. Let’s reach out to woman – young and old – to help them register. And then let’s make sure we all vote on November 6 so that our voices will be heard.