Summer is here! With the passing of the summer solstice, the days will now get incrementally shorter every day, and our lives seem to get busier and busier between the peak construction season, kids on summer break, and endless yard work. Don’t forget to take some time to take care of yourself, enjoy the relatively short summer we have in the NW and appreciate what matters most to you.
As the 4th of July approaches, and we celebrate the freedom of our country, let’s remember this monumental achievement and a few moments in history that women pioneers have fought for to increase the rights of our female citizens. Here are a few noteworthy events to reflect on and appreciate what these milestones might mean for your own independence.
- Women’s suffrage in US (legal right to vote) – 1920
- FDA approves birth control pills – 1960
- Congress passes the Equal Pay Act & “The Feminine Mystique” is published – 1963
- Title VII bans gender discrimination in employment – 1964
- Title IX bans gender discrimination in schools – 1972
- Roe vs Wade establishes a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion – 1973
- President Obama signs the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration act – 2009
- US armed forces allows open all positions to women - 2016
I hope you all are enjoying the summer and have a fun and safe Independence Day!
Aryn Ferguson – President, Portland Chapter 54