National Women’s Law Center
Today, as we reflect on the extraordinary legacy of Senator Edward Kennedy on behalf of women and their families, we also note that it is Women’s Equality Day – a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment giving women full voting rights. But it’s also a day to remember the inequality that persists.
When I started looking for my first full-time job, gender inequality was on my mind. I couldn’t help but wonder whether my first paycheck would be less than that of my male counterparts…and even if it was, how would I know?
And in between school and my first gig, would I be forced to get health insurance in the individual market where I could be charged more for coverage than would a male my age?
Today is a good day to think about the great impact that Senator Kennedy had on women’s rights. And it’s a day to think about using the right we gained 89 years ago to influence our elected leaders and make sure we right the wrongs that remain to narrow the gaps.