It’s Women’s Equality Day — a day proclaimed each year by the President of the United States to mark the anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1920 granting women the right to vote.
Today reminds us how far the U.S. has come in advancing the equal status of women, but also of how far we have yet to go in achieving the equal treatment of both genders under law and in all areas of social and economic life.
There are a few very quick things you can do today to organize, agitate and educate to help make a difference for women in Ohio.
#1. Support Ohio’s paid family and medical leave bill to help working parents, most of all moms, care for a newborn or sick relative while maintaining an income for up to 12 weeks. Paid for through employee payroll deductions, the program is projected to cost workers less than $25-35 a year, and would make a world of difference for Ohio moms. Add your name!
#2. Stand against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace by supporting Ohio Senate Bill 301, co-sponsored by every female member of the Ohio Senate from both sides of the aisle. It’s not asking too much to require that employers make reasonable accommodations for pregnant or breastfeeding employees. Sign if you agree!
#3. Make sure you’re registered to vote before the October 11th deadline. The Secretary of State’s office has been purging inactive voters in Ohio, leaving an estimated 1.4 million previously registered voters who may not know they’ve been purged.. If you haven’t voted in the past few federal elections, you’ve most likely been purged.
Check here to verify you’re still registered to vote at your current address.
You may also want to:
- Update your registered voter address before Oct. 11th if you have moved
- Verify that others are registered to vote
- Download and print voter registration forms to help those you know get registered before the deadline
- Get information on voter ID requirements, where to vote, early voting hours and more