On August 26, 1920, women were officially granted the right to vote when Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This achievement is recognized with the celebration of Women's Equality Day every 26th of August. While we honor this day as a major milestone in the fight for gender equality, we cannot ignore that women of color were prohibited from voting until the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
Women have many achievements to celebrate in 2017, but our work isn't done. You may already be aware that women earn only 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, but did you know the wage gap is increasingly greater for women of color?
Together, we can work to close the gender gap and empower women, especially the women and transgender individuals we serve every day at The Gathering Place. Help us continue providing essential services, like meals, clothing, and education and employment opportunities, to women, their children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty.