HOUSTON, TX - This Wednesday is for the women! August 26 is Women's Equality Day, marking the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. And while the suffragettes battled hard for their right to cast a ballot, many these days believe men and women are still not on equal footing.
Attorney Thuy Le says, "Women truly are not quite equal. We're getting there. We're progressing, we're definitely getting better, more representation in terms of politics in terms of labor employment, in terms of even military representation. We're definitely behind and we're not quite equal at this point."
Much of this belief stems from the "Equal Rights Amendment" passed by congress in 1972. The ERA states; Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or by any state on the account of sex. Sounds good, right? Well, the ERA was never actually ratified. Meaning right now, there's no general constitutional guarantee of equal rights for women. Le adds, "I think some of the argument against the ERA is hey, like women and men are already equal, why do we need a special amendment granting special rights? And that is not necessarily true. I think the other side of the argument is look, we're not asking for special rights, we're just asking for the same rights."
So, whether it's in writing or not, Women's Equality Day is here to stay. And that is just fine in our book!