When the U.S. women’s national soccer team (WNT) won their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 7, the stadium erupted into a unified chant: “Equal pay!” Earlier in the year, WNT players had filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation claiming unequal pay compared with the men’s team, despite more success on the field. The WNT victory—and ensuing national debate on equal pay—have intensified the spotlight on women’s equality in the workplace.
Today (August 26) is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality in all aspects of life, including employment.
We’re commemorating the day with a slideshow which examines legislative efforts to close the gender pay gap as well as the movement to transform workplace cultures nationwide so that they are genuinely providing women the same opportunities to be successful.