Women’s Equality Day, An Unfinished Agenda

Posted on September 9, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

 
On August 26th we celebrated “Women’s Equality Day.” Designated in 1977 by President Carter, the day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The amendment was the culmination of a seventy year struggle that began in 1848 at the world’s first women’s right convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

While we reflect on our accomplishments, Women’s Equality Day is also a means to call attention to the continuing efforts towards women’s full equality, economically, socially and politically. In the boardroom, government and sciences, women are still underrepresented.

In the House of Representatives only 17% of the members are women. Coincidentally in academia, and upper management of corporations the number seems to be stuck at 17% as well. Let’s promote awareness and work together to strive for at least 20% by the end of 2010.

The Equity in Contracting for Women Act mandates that 5 percent of all federal government goods and services contracts be awarded to women owned businesses. In reality, women owned businesses receive only 3.4 percent of such contracts. The difference of 1.6 percentage points adds up to approximately $5 billion a year and with the addition of the federal economic stimulus spending the difference can easily reach $8 billion by 2010.

We call on the Obama administration and Congress to honor the diverse talent of the American workforce by ensuring that women-owned firms be awarded the 5 percent of contracts they are entitled to under the law. Add to Technorati Favorites


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