know about Recognition of inequality on Women’s Equality Day￼
This year’s Women’s Equality Day brands the 102nd anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment into law in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. On a change from a typical public holiday, the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County they will not rejoice this Friday, August 26. Instead, the organization is focusing on the ways they feel women have lost basic rights in recent years.
“In 2022, women have fewer rights than they have in decades,” LWV wrote in an official statement. statement. “This year we are recognizing Women’s Inequality Day, coming together to demand that lawmakers restore and protect our rights.”
LWV is a national, nonpartisan organization committed to defending democracy and empowering voters by informing them about local, state, and national elections and public policy issues of concern to voters. The Tompkins County branch is one of the oldest, founded in 1920.
Through Women’s Inequality Day, LWV will demand that lawmakers restore and protect all women’s rights by passing voting rights laws, adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to ensure equality for all Americans regardless of sex and restore reproductive rights after the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
“Normally August 26 is a big celebration, but it’s not this year,” said Megan Nettleton, LWV Tompkins County Vice President. “This year we are going to have a booth at Ithaca Commons and various women’s organizations in the city as representatives and talk to people who pass through here about the problems that women face today.”
With this year’s focus shifted, LWV members will discuss what they consider to be the most pertinent issues facing women in America.
“When you look at the things that have happened in the last 100 years since women got the right to vote, we still don’t have the same rights as men,” said Sally Grubb, LWV Tompkins County Co-Chair.
In 2013, the Supreme Court, in the case Shelby County v. Headline, struck down the section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required states with a history of racial discrimination to seek approval of election law changes. According to Grubb, this measure makes it more difficult for minority communities to vote.
”We will be encouraging people to call on their senators to restore the Voting Rights Act in its full form and support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement ActGrub said.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act.
The Equal Rights Amendment has been ratified by the necessary number of states, but not in the time prescribed by the Constitution.
“We are pushing for the time frame to be changed,” Grubb said.
As the final promotional item for this Women’s Inequality Day, LWV will push for the restoration of access rights to abortion.
“On June 24, the Supreme Court decided that the country did not need equality. So they nullified women’s reproductive rights,” Grubb said. ”For those of us who know what life was like before abortions were available, we know that too many women are being hurt. It is impossible to believe that she reached this stage.”
LWV will set up a booth in an effort to speak to local residents about women’s inequality issues at Ithaca Commons from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday.