Today, August 26, 2015, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day as a state and as a nation. 95 years ago today the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote giving us a voice and more importantly, giving us a power to stand up for ourselves and for what we believe in.
We have fought long and hard alongside so many who believe what we believe and today, we celebrate those fighters.
Our right to vote is the most powerful right we’ve fought for and we need to ensure that our children, our friends and neighbors, and our families are exercising that right.
That power, the power to vote, cannot be lost.
We celebrate today and I am reminding you to use your voice and your right to vote because our work is far from finished.
Let us be reminded that women in America still only make 78 cents of every dollar a man makes in the workplace. West Virginia ranks second to dead last with a gender earnings ratio of 67.3%, meaning women make 67.3% of what a man makes here in our home state.
Let us be reminded that women have also fought and continue to fight for quality, affordable health care without facing discrimination and paying more because we are women.
We have fought hard and come a long way, but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone has equal rights.
While some of those fight for their own self interest and personal gain, we as Democrats will continue to fight for you and stand with you to ensure that one day we will all be treated fairly and share the same rights.
As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day let us be energized and empowered to keep up the fight! Women have fought for centuries for equal rights and that fight continues today and everyday moving forward.
Belinda Biafore, Chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party
PS. Also on our website, Sarah, a beautiful young Democrat and also my niece just turned 18 & registered to vote. Especially today, it’s important that young women recognize the importance of voting. Check it out!