We Celebrate Women’s History Month
Valiant Women of the Vote
We celebrate the countless women who have fought valiantly for women’s rights. Here are a few of them:
Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Advocate for women’s suffrage & Chinese immigrant women’s rights, and member of the New York Women’s Political Equality League
Shirley Chisholm, first African American woman elected to Congress, first woman and African American to seek nomination for President in 1972, and long- time advocate for voting rights (gender and race focus)
Zitkala Sa, Indigenous People’s and Women’s Voting Rights Activist
Learning About Gender Equity
The United Nations defines gender equity as fair and just treatment that takes into account different needs and may include the use of “temporary special measures” to compensate for historical or systemic bias or discrimination.
Gender equity is acheived when women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities, and opportunities are determined by ability, rather than gender. Gender equity is also inclusive of the rights of gender non-conforming persons.
Discrimination against women persists, directly and indirectly, through laws and policies, gender-based stereotypes, and social norms and practices. Women can experience gender bias at work, at home and throughout education, leadership, business, economic, and political sectors. Women are also more likely to experience gender-based and/or intimate partner violence. The root cause of gender inequality and equity is sexism, patriarchy and the role that society assigns to women.
Learn More About Gender Equity