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Women's Equality Day Recognized Today

Today is Women's Equality Day. Women still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. (in.gov)
Today is Women's Equality Day. Women still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. (in.gov)
August 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has been hailed as a state that's made some progress in securing equality for women, but advocates say there's still a lot of work to be done.

Today is Women's Equality Day and National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill said issues such as equal pay and the right to reproductive health are the reason women can't back down.

"Some 300 laws have been put on the books, actually passed and signed by governors, at the state level, restricting in one fashion or another women's access to reproductive health care, whether it's through defunding family planning clinics or outright banning abortion care," she said.

O'Neill said women make about 77 cents for every dollar men are paid. She added access to affordable childcare and paid family leave are issues that states such as Indiana need to address.

She also said Women's Equality Day needs to be celebrated to recognize those in the past who fought so other voices could be heard.

"You know women were jailed, they were force fed while in jail," she added. "They were physically abused, not only in jail but women demonstrating for the vote were subjected to beatings."

August 26th, which is Women's Equality Day, was set aside by Congress in 1971 to mark the 1920 passage of the law that guaranteed the right to vote to women.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IN